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2011-2012 Season

A Christmas Carol - A Special Event

Nov 19th - Dec 26th, 2011

Spencer Theatre

Written By: Charles Dickens
Directed By: Kyle Hatley


In honor of last year’s 30th anniversary of A Christmas Carol, our venerable

holiday production received a “makeover.” While staying true to the

original Rep show we all loved, the set was rebuilt to include a revolving

stage and other theatre magic that surprised and delighted audiences.

For more than three decades, the Rep’s enchanting holiday show has

captured the true meaning of Christmas for many Kansas City families, who

year after year are inspired by its strong family values and message of hope

and redemption. Make the Rep’s A Christmas Carol a part of your holiday

celebration this year.


Support provided by:


William T. Kemper Foundation  -Commerce Bank, Trustee

Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts  -Commerce Bank, Trustee.

Bravo to The Rep... as the number #1 destination to ring in the holiday season with their signature performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Cheers to the special effects, it's inner-active folly, wonderful stage design and the actors portraying this timeless story that is truly captivating. A testament to its success and being part of a packed-house opening night performance was listening to the audience quietly sing-along to the festive tunes. I left with a smile on my face and a skip in my step, so run to claim your own holiday spirit from A Christmas Carol after all 'tis the season!

-KC Studio

Kansas City Star


A Christmas Carol 2011 Company


Skylar James Bankes (Associate #2/Poulterer/Young Adult Ensemble) is appearing at the Rep for the first time. He is a sophomore at The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts where he studies Theatre.  Skylar has performed in the Alcott Arts Center’s Shakespeare in The Parking Lot, as Silvius/LeBeau in As You Like It, and taken fun, performance-based classes at the Coterie Theatre, such as Magic Woods and Children of the Damned Corn.  He has studied acting for the camera with The Commercial Actor’s Studio and Heather Laird, and works as a Key Grip for Independent Film Company 2day’s Productions.  He is represented for modeling by Exposure Model and Talent Agency.


Eva Biro (Laundress/Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local credits: Oh! What A Lovely War (Kansas City Actors Theatre). International credits: Shake­speare’s In Love (Calgary Public Theatre in Calgary, Alberta, Canada). Education: BFA University of Calgary, third year MFA acting student at UMKC, where she has appeared in The Comedy of Asses, ShootHorses, Miss Julie, world premiere of Train to 2010, SLAMMED! KC Speaks Out On The Recession, and Pericles. Upcoming: The Wrestling Season (Coterie Theatre), A Winter’s Tale (UMKC Theatre).


Allan Boardman (Old Joe/ Ensemble) is a veteran stage and film actor who has worked across the country and returns to the Kansas City Rep for the second time in A Christmas Carol. He appeared as Baptiste in the KC Rep's production of A Flea in Her Ear in the 2009 season. Locally he has been seen on the Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre stage in productions of Mappa Mundi, The Time of Your Life, The Homecoming, Galileo, The Crucible to name a few. He has also been seen at the Unicorn Theatre in a co-production with Kansas City Actors Theatre of The Seafarer. He was also seen in Theatre Gym's production of the original play Duty.


Martin S. Buchanan (Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Future/Ensemble) returns to the KC Rep stage after appearing here in Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure and A Flea in Her Ear. Locally, Martin has performed in over ten productions at the Coterie Theatre, including Our Town, Little House on the Prairie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Children of the Damned Corn, and the world premiere of Harry Connick Jr.’s musical The Happy Elf. He has also appeared locally for the past three seasons with The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival in their productions of Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III, and Macbeth.  Martin’s first production in Kansas City was in Ron Megee’s A Very Scary Carrie Christmas Carol at Late Night Theatre.  Regionally, Martin has appeared in productions in Seattle, WA at Book-It Repertory Theatre and the Seattle Opera; in Denali Park, Alaska at the Denali Princess Lodge; in Houston, Texas, at Stages Theatre and Houston Grand Opera; in Charleston, SC as part of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and at the Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, CO where his performance as The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood earned him a Denver Post Ovation nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, 2008, for the state of Colorado.  Internationally, Martin has toured the Canadian Fringe Theatre Festival circuit, performing in Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, and Vancouver.  He also has performed in The Twilight Zone: Live on Stage at the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.  Martin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Drama from the University of Houston.  He is married to local Costume Designer Georgianna Londré Buchanan and they are the proud parents of two-year-old Felix Augustus Buchanan.


Lauren Chandler (Want/Children’s Ensemble) Lauren is thrilled to be making her debut at the Kansas City Rep! She is 10 years old and is a 5th grader at Ascension School. She has appeared in numerous productions at Christian Youth Theatre, the Culture House and Notre Dame de Sion high school. Her favorite shows include Annie and the Sound of Music in which she played the part of Gretel. Lauren also loves to dance and trains at the Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice. "I feel so honored to be a part of this show! I would like to thank my voice teacher, Laure Ronnebaum, the directors, cast members and my family and friends for all of their love and support! God Bless Us Everyone!"


TJ Chasteen (Young Ebenezer/Undertaker/Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol. Local credits: The Birthday Party, The Collection (Kansas City Actors Theatre); The Lieutenant of Inishmore(Unicorn Theatre); Our Town (Coterie Theatre); Macbeth, Othello, Merry Wives of Windsor, Richard III (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Head (directed by Kyle Hatley, KC Fringe Festival). Other: Six and Surfacing (Chatterbox Audio Theatre). TJ directed the world premiere of Pies From The Porn Kitchen (Fishtank Performance Studio). Education: UMKC professional actor training program where he appeared in The Heidi Chronicles, The Country Wife and The Master and Margarita, among others.


Connor Clary (Tiny Tim/Scrooge as Boy) is thrilled to be in A Christmas Carol! He has also performed in Bye Bye Birdie (Leawood Stage Company), The Sound of Music (Christian Youth Theater), and Children of Eden (Culture House/Church of the Resurrection).  Connor takes jazz and tap classes at the Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice. He sings in the Youth Choir at the Church of the Resurrection, and has performed various solos with this choir. Connor performed in Seussical Jr as Jojo as a 5th grader at Mission Trail Elementary School. He is in the 6th grade at Leawood Middle School and is a member of Boy Scout Troop 10. Connor enjoys reading and discovering new apps on his iPod.


Francis Cooper (Children’s Ensemble) is appearing at Kansas City Rep for the second time in A Christmas Carol. Francis has participated in theatre summer programs with the Shawnee Mission School District and The Coterie Theatre performing as The Owl in The Pond, The Fox in The Tortoise and the Hare, and Linus in Snoopy Come Home. He is currently in the fourth grade at Mill Creek Elementary School . Francis enjoys scouts, riding his bike, swimming and playing soccer. Francis enjoys creating comics strips with his friends and would like to send a shout out to all his friends at Mill Creek Elementary school.


Walter Coppage (Bob Cratchit/ Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, To Kill A Mockingbird, Carter’s Way, The Gospel at Colonus (co-production with St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre), Comedy of Errors, Antigone, The Misanthrope, Romeo and Juliet. Additional local credits: Our Town, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Valley Song, Frankenstein, My Children! My Africa!, The Giver (Coterie Theatre); The Clean House, Well, Yellowman, How I Learned to Drive, Permanent Collection, Quills, All in the Timing, Flyin’ West (Unicorn Theatre); A Lesson From Aloes(Kansas City Actors Theatre), As You Like It, Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, Measure For Measure (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). Regional Credits: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Radio Golf (Studio Theatre DC). Film and TV: James Ellroy’s Stay Clean, Gone In The Night (CBS mini-series), The Only Witness (Lifetime Movies), All Roads Lead Home (Showtime Family), Truman (HBO),More than Puppylove (Showtime),A Deadly Vision (ABC MOW), Raising Jeffery Dahmer (Lionsgate), The Only Good Indian (Starz), Suspension, Last Ounce of Courage. Honors: Pitch Awards “Best Actor” 2009 (Our Town). Founding member of Kansas City Actors Theatre.


Jerry Jay Cranford (Topper/Ensemble) KC Rep: Cabaret. Local Credits: Emperor in Turandot (Lyric Opera); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, Phantom of the Opera (New Theatre); The 39 Steps, I Love You Because (American Heartland Theatre); Anything Goes, The Producers (Starlight Theatre); La Cage Aux Folles, rightnextto me (Unicorn Theatre); Duke in Big River (Musical Theatre Heritage). Regional: Les Miserables (Merry-Go-Round, New York), La Cage Aux Folles, Phantom of the Opera, Singing in the Rain (Casa Manana, Fort Worth), Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, Little Me, A Chorus Line (Candlelight Theatre, Chicago). Broadway: Prouvaire/Enjolras in Les Miserables. National Tours: Les Miserables, Singing in the Rain, Anything Goes, Evita (European Company). TV: “24,” “Without a Trace.” Upcoming: Aladdin (Starlight at the Kauffman); Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Wilbur in Hairspray (New Theatre); The Marvelous Wonderettes (Vancouver, BC); Everyday Rapture (Unicorn); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Merry-Go-Round, New York).


Corey Eaton (Children’s Ensemble) is appearing at the Kansas City Rep for the second time. Corey is 12 years old and is a seventh grader at Maranatha Christian Academy. Local credits: A Winkie in The Wizard of Oz and a lost boy in Peter Pan (Culture House), John in Code Red (Maranatha Academy), an orphan in Oliver, and Prince Christopher in Cinderella (Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre); Third Hand Misery (an Independent film with the Kansas City Art Institute). Corey has performed with Maranatha’s Select Choir at Disney World, Orlando. Besides performing on stage, he also enjoys soccer, directing movies and art.


Andrea Fantuzzi (Associate #1/Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local: The Music Man, The Wizard of Oz (Starlight Theatre); Children of the Damned Corn (Coterie Theatre); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Beauty and the Beast (Jewish Community Center for the Performing Arts); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Urinetown (Music Theatre for Young People); A Chorus Line, A Murder is Announced, The Wizard of Oz, 1984 (Lee’s Summit West High School); Beauty and the Beast, The Legend of Pocahontas, The Wizard of Oz, Seussical (Christian Youth Theatre) Peter Pan and Wendy (Summit Christian Academy). Andrea is a junior at Lee's Summit West High School. She enjoy dance at Miller-Marley School of Dance and Voice and taking Master Acting Classes at the Coterie. Andrea is represented by Talented Unlimited.


Hannah Freeman (Belinda/Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local credits: Evita (Musical Theatre Heritage); Madeline’s Christmas (Mary, Theatre for Young America). Community Theatre: Arcadia (Thomasina, City Theatre of Independence); Bugsy Malone (Blousey Brown, Blue Springs City Theatre); Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Beth Bradley, Children’s Performing Theatre). At Fort Osage High School Hannah was seen in: Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Grease (Rizzo), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Snoopy), Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley), Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). Hannah most recently was the understudy for Jean in the KC Rep production of August: Osage County. Hannah studies dance (ballroom, tap, jazz, ballet) and she is a whiz at multiple hula hoops! She also studies voice at the Music Arts Institute and achieved a “I” rating (soprano) at the Missouri State Vocal Contest. Hannah is a National Honor Society member and Honor Roll student at Fort Osage High School. She participates in choir, drama club, and is the Vice President of the Drama Club and an International Honor Thespian.


Peggy Friesen (Mrs. Fezziwig/Ensemble/Harp Accompanist) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol—26 seasons, The Syringa Tree, Man and Superman, Indian Ink, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, WMKS, A Delicate Balance, If We are Women, M. Butterfly, Our Town, The House of Blue Leaves.  Additional local credits: The Year of Magical Thinking (Spinning Tree Theatre and The Living Room); A Lesson From Aloes, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kansas City Actors Theatre); 101 Dalmatians, Frindle (Coterie Theatre); Stories My Grandmother Told Me, Little Foxes, The Dinner Party (American Heartland Theatre); Nickel and Dimed, Spinning Into Butter, Frozen, Wit (Unicorn Theatre). Regional: The Exonerated  (Contemporary American Theatre Company, Columbus, Ohio); Hay Fever, harpist in The Fantasticks (Okoboji Summer Theatre).  New York: Hanky Panky (Midtown International Theatre Festival). Ms. Friesen also performs as a professional harpist.  Film & TV credits include Ang Lee’s Ride with the Devil, Robert Altman’s Kansas City, Stephen Soderbergh’s King of the Hill, The Big Brass Ring with William Hurt, “Monday After the Miracle,” “A Will of Their Own,” “Truman,” “My Antonia” and “Sarah, Plain and Tall II.”


Charles Fugate (Charles Dickens)  KC Rep:  Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig), Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (James Larrabee), A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens, Nephew Fred, six seasons).  Regional:  Man of La Mancha (Quixote) and South Pacific (Emile) at the Great Plains Theatre.  Local: Molina in Kiss of The Spiderwoman (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Bascombe in Carousel (The Living Room, directed by Kyle Hatley); Music Man (Charlie Cowell), Cinderella, and Anything Goes (Starlight Theatre); Jitter in Musical of Musicals (Quality Hill Playhouse); Stories My Grandmother Told Me (American Heartland Theatre); Doc Gibbs in Our Town, Geppetto in Geppetto & Son and Victor Frankenstein in Frankenstein (Coterie Theatre); Elton in Scarlet Pimpernel and Tom Sawyer (New Theatre).  Vocal performance:  Lyric Opera Chorus, Kansas City Chorale, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra.


Jim Gall (Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Present/Mr. Fezziwig) Kansas City Rep: Ghost of Christmas Past, A Christmas Carol (ten seasons), Bus Stop, Man and Superman, Saint Joan, The Tempest.  Local credits: Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival).  Seattle credits: Of Mice and Men as Slim, Inman (Seattle Repertory Theatre); Moby Dick, Pride and Prejudice (Book-It Repertory Theatre);  To Kill a Mockingbird (Village Theatre); Guys and Dolls, West Side Story, Pippin, Wonderful Town, 1776 (5th Avenue Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure (Seattle Shakespeare Company); The Diary of Anne Frank (Intiman Theatre); Requiem for a Heavyweight (Theater Schmeater, Footlight Award for best actor). Education:  BA in theatre, UMKC ; MFA in acting, University of Washington’s Professional Actors’ Training Program under Jack Clay. Mr. Gall dedicates his performance to the memory of his dear friend Mark Kessel.


Maya Hill (Belinda/Young Adult Ensemble) is excited to make her KC Rep debut in A Christmas Carol. She was, obviously, bitten by the theatre bug at an early age and has been acting, singing, and dancing for as long as she can remember. Some of her local credits include The Piano Lesson (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre) and Hansel & Gretel (KC Chamber Orchestra). Maya is in the eighth grade, plays the piano, is a member of the Allegro Children’s Choir- Moto Chorus, takes private voice lessons, and takes jazz, and ballet classes at The Culture House.


Whittaker Hoar (Tiny Tim/Scrooge as a Boy/Children’s Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (4 seasons). Local: Macbeth, Richard III (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), John Brown, Rigoletto (Lyric Opera of Kansas City). Whittaker attends Manchester Park Elementary and is a competitive fencer with Fencing Athletic Club of Kansas City.


Gary Neal Johnson (Ebenezer Scrooge) KC Rep: Artistic Associate who marks his 92nd Rep production with A Christmas Carol. Other KC Rep productions include August: Osage County, Cabaret, Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (10 seasons); Harry Truman in two extended runs of Give ’em Hell, Harry; Virgil Blessing, Bus Stop, Tom Willard, Winesburg, Ohio; Morgan, The Drawer Boy; Pizarro, The Royal Hunt of the Sun; Gallimard, M. Butterfly; the Professor, Oleanna; Caesar, Julius Caesar; George, Of Mice and Men; Gloucester, King Lear; Oberon, A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Squeers, Nicholas Nickleby. Additional local credits: Starlight Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, New Theatre, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival, and The Unicorn Theatre. Regional theatre credits: George Booth, The Voysey Inheritance (KC Rep co-production with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, Dean Goodman Award for best supporting actor); Prince Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing and Antonio in Merchant of Venice, Utah Shakespeare Festival; Ensemble, King Lear (Goodman Theatre, Chicago and Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington, D.C., performing the title role as standby for Stacy Keach).


Katie Kalahurka (Solicitor/Ghost of Christmas Past/Martha/Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, Into the Woods, A Christmas Story (the Musical!), A Flea in Her Ear. Local: Kiss Me Kate (Musical Theatre Heritage); Conversations Overheard (America: Now and Here); Nickel and Dimed (Unicorn Theatre); Glorious! (American Heartland Theatre); A Man of No Importance (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Reefer Madness, The Rocky Horror Show (Eubank Productions). Regional: Gypsy (tour), Oklahoma (tour), Nunsense (Prather Family of Dinner Theatres); Smoke on the Mountain (Theatre at Lime Kiln). Upcoming: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (New Theatre). Education: BFA in Music Theatre, Illinois Wesleyan University.


Sarah LaBarr (Aunt Fezziwig/Ensemble) KC Rep: ninth season in A Christmas Carol.  Recent credits: Head directed by Kyle Hatley, Kansas City Fringe Festival).  Other local credits:  Cinderella, Anything Goes, The Music Man, Annie (Starlight Theatre); Brigadoon, Man of La Mancha, Guys and Dolls (Musical Theater Heritage); The Wizard of Oz (Theatre for Young America); The Daughter of the Regiment, The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore and many others (Kansas City Lyric Opera); Too Good to be True, The Count of Monte Cristo, Far from the Madding Crowd  (Theatre League’s Musical Theatre Festival for New Musicals); Pagliacci, Falstaff, Street Scene, The Medium (Civic  Opera of Kansas City); New Voices (Quality Hill Playhouse). Additional performance credits:  Grammy Award-winning Grechaninov Passion Week CD (Kansas City Chorale).  Education:  BA in music and BS in theatre performance at Northwest Missouri State University, MM in vocal performance at UMKC.


Paolo Laskero (Simon, Children’s Ensemble) is appearing at Kansas City Rep for the second time. He appeared as Fleance in the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival's production of Macbeth this past summer. He participated in Camp Shakespeare for two summers and appeared in the camp's productions as Falstaff in Merry Wives of Windsor (2009) and Richard in Richard III (2010). Paolo is in the sixth grade at The Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City. In his free time, Paolo loves to read, write stories and draw the characters he creates. He plays football, baseball and hopes to see the Chicago Cubs play in a World Series in his lifetime!


Erin Lowe (Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut.  Local credits:  Lee Bouvier in Grey Gardens (Unicorn Theatre), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The New Theatre), The Music Man (Starlight Theatre and as Amaryllis at The Pembroke Hill Upper School), Cinderella and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park).  Erin is a sixth grader at The Pembroke Hill School.  In addition to performing, she loves baking brownies from a secret family recipe, doing stuff with friends and playing with her dog.  She is beginning work on her Silver Award with the Girl Scouts. Erin wants to thank family and friends, especially Nancy Marcy, for their support. God Bless Us Every One!


Emmie McCabe (Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Emmie is a Sophomore at St. Teresa's Academy. Every summer for the past five years she has been in a production at Theatre at Vis, the most recent show being Oklahoma!. In addition to theatre, Emmie really likes science and traveling (even though she’s not able to do it very often). “Thanks to all of my friends and family for everything. This is the biggest production I've ever been in and I'm very excited and I have a feeling it's going to be a great experience!”


Anna McClelland (Children’s Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Anna is in the sixth grade at Highlands Elementary, where she recently portrayed Hermia in A Midsummer Nights Dream. At the Camellot Academy summer theatre program Anna appeared as Cecelia in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2011) and Cinderella (2010). Anna takes improvisation/acting classes and participates in gymnastics and competitive cheer. Anna enjoys running, reading, and baking cupcakes..


MieJoiee McClinton (Poulterer’s Wife/Young Adult Ensemble) is thrilled to make her Kansas City Rep debut! MieJoiee is a senior at The Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts where she has performed in Beauty and the Beast, The Madwoman of Chaillot, You Can't Take it With You, Rumors, Seven Against Thebes, and Amen Corner. She enjoys playing tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming, playing video games, drawing, reading books, writing books, poetry, hanging out with family and friends, acting, singing, and dancing. She wants to go to Julliard as a theater major after high school, with the backup plan of University of Southern California or Missouri State as a double major in Theater and Animation. “My dream is to have a career in mostly voice acting but also stage and movie acting, own an animation/ video game company, and travel the world. I would like to give a shout out to my Lord and Savior for creating this special opportunity for me and to my family for always supporting and pushing me to be the best that I can be.”


Cori Moffett (Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Cori enjoys horseback riding, singing, dance and knows basic American Sign Language. Credits: The Sound of Music, Into the Woods (Up­stage, Prairie Village, KS) ; High School Musical (San Jacinto Community College); The Music Man, Steel Magnolias (Clear Brook High School). She is a sophomore at Blue Valley Northwest High School


Andrea Morales (Giggly Sister/Violin/Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (second season). Recent credits: The Comedy of Asses, ShootHorses, The King Stag (UMKC), Macbeth (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival), The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza (The Coterie Theatre) Education: BA in Theatre from Purdue University. 3rd year MFA actor in the Professional Actor Training program at UMKC.


Jacob Moyer (Peter/Singing Urchin/Children’s Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Jacob Moyer, a 7th grade performance class student from Hocker Grove Middle School in Merriam, Kansas. He has acted every year at either church or school plays since his role of baby Jesus at 10-months old. Most recently, he was Napoleon in a production of Lewis and Clark. Jacob is a Den Chief and Patrol Leader in Boy Scout Troop 93 sponsored by Shawnee United Methodist, Jacob would like to dedicate his season's performance to the memory of his mother, who died in August of pancreatic cancer.


Maggie Mulligan (Ignorance/Children’s Ensemble) Maggie is thrilled to make her professional debut at the Kansas City Rep! She is in the fifth grade at Westwood View School in Westwood, Kansas, and plays clarinet in the school band. Maggie performed in Bye Bye Birdie (2011) and as Shprintze and the Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof (2010) with Stage Right Productions, and as Little Red Riding Hood in Into the Woods (2009) with Theater for Young Audiences. Maggie is a member of the “Vocalation” Show Choir with Stage Right Performing Arts. Maggie studies dance at Miller Marley Dance Studio, and was on the competition team at Beller Dance Studio. She studies piano with Joyce Randolph, and voice with Donna West. Maggie has won numerous awards, including “Little Miss Sunshine” for voice, High Point and High Gold Awards 2011 in dance, and Mid America Music Festival awards (piano) in 2009 and 2011. Maggie is a Junior Girl Scout with her friends at Westwood View, and also enjoys horseback riding and swimming.


Emily Peterson (Fan/Serious Sister/Ensemble) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, Saved, Liliom. Local: The 39 Steps (The American Heartland Theatre); The Night Before Christmas, Sarah, Plain and Tall, Wind in the Willows (Coterie Theatre); Alice in Wonderland (Bellenwissle Productions). Regional productions: Leading Ladies (Black Hills Playhouse); The Glass Menagerie (Old Creamery Theatre); Doubt, Alice in Wonderland, Nunsense II (Okoboji Summer Theatre). Upcoming: Importance of Being Earnest (American Heartland Theaatre). Education: BFA in Theatre, Stephens College.

Lucas J. Piercy (Associate #2/Poulterer/Urchin/Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local credits: Young Playwrights’ Festival (Coterie Theatre); David’s Mother (David) and Wally Webb in Our Town (Olathe Community Theatre Association); Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park); Over the Tavern (Eddie Pazinski, City Theatre of Independence). Regional: The Wizard of Oz, The Miracle Worker, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Dill Harris in To Kill a Mockingbird (Robidoux Resident Theatre/Missouri Western Theater). At the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts Lucas was the Assistant Director for Rumors and acted in You Can’t Take It With You, The Foreigner (Charlie Baker), Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar, and The Mad Woman of Chaillot. At the Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School he acted in New Works—Boy Wonders, The Moon, and was Marcellus in The Music Man. Lucas is interested in dancing, singing, running, and reading. He is a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, and has also volunteered for The Invisible Children Rescue and The Patee House Museum. Lucas was a recipient of the Kansas City Mayor’s Shining Star Award in 2010.


“I am an early graduate from Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts here in Kansas City, MO. (I graduated as a junior). I am now taking a gap year to audition, act, and situate things for college. Juilliard and DePaul University are two of the colleges I am applying for. Other interests: Film (I was in the film department at Paseo, and won some state awards. My videos are on YouTube at This is my first play with the Kansas City Rep, and I am truly excited and grateful to be a part of this experience. I'd just like to make a shout out to my loving and supporting family and friends, and my high school acting teacher Ms. Melody Conner. My dream is to continue doing what I love (acting and filmmaking) and make a living doing it.”


Michael Poleleyev (Peter /Children’s Ensemble) This is Michael’s first year performing at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre, and he is very excited to be part of the cast. Michael is 13 years old and in the eighth grade at Maranatha Academy.  His favorite role was Mr. Kobekeaneski in the play Homework Eats Dog and Other Woeful Tales. Other roles at Maranatha Academy include Pete in Code Red and the Young Boy in Check, Please! He has performed in Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,  Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat, A Christmas Carol, and Beauty and the Beast with the Academy of Christian Theatre. He performed as the Boy in The Velveteen Rabbit at Harmony Vineyard Church. Michael’s hobbies include playing soccer, running track, playing clarinet, piano, bass clarinet, and violin. Michael plays keyboard in the youth worship band and enjoys going on mission trips. “A couple of interesting things about me are that I am a full blooded Russian, and I have always wanted to be in a Hollywood movie. My current career plans include studying at KU MED. and becoming a psychologist.”


Grant Fletcher Prewitt (Albert Hall/Ensemble) KC Rep: Debut. Stage credits: Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs (Black Hills Playhouse); Tony Qian in With Their Eyes (Coterie Theatre); The Fool in Head (written and directed by Kyle Hatley); Leoni­da in Comedy of Asses, Demetrius in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Parrot/Magician in King Stag,Pierrot in Oh, What a Lovely War!, Socks in Shoot­Horses (world premiere), various roles in All in the Timing, Helicanus/Boult in Pericles. Tours: west coast with BOOM! An International Lost and Found Family Marching Band, an experimental comic clown troupe. Education: BA in Theatre from UMKC; currently a 3rd year MFA student in UMKC’s graduate theatre program.


Keenan Ramos (Dick Wilkins/Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local: My First Time, Grey Gardens, Take Me Out (Unicorn Theatre). Regional: The Last Black Play, The Mancherios (The Kennedy Center); Brokeology (The Huntington Stage). National Tour: Teddy Roosevelt and the Treasure of Ursa Major (The Kennedy Center).


Lily Rider (Poulterer’s Wife/Young Adult Ensemble) Lily is thrilled to appear at the Kansas City Repertory Theatre in A Christmas Carol. Last year at this time she was performing in The Nutcracker with the Kansas City Ballet. Lily is in the eighth grade at Indian Hills Middle School. She studied at the Kansas City Ballet, and now studies with Dancerz Unlimited. Lily is a member of the Comedy Master Class at The Coterie School of Theater Exploration.


Mark Robbins (Ghost of Jacob Marley) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (19 seasons), Circle Mirror Transformation, Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure (title role), The Voysey Inheritance, Man and Superman, Liliom, The Front Page, Guys and Dolls, Saint Joan, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright, The Winter’s Tale, Major Barbara, The Sea Gull, Inherit the Wind, Oedipus the King, The Deputy, Romeo and Juliet, Nicholas Nickleby. Local acting: The Sound of Music, Run for Your Wife (New Theatre); title roles in Macbeth and Richard III, Prospero in The Tempest (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Closer, Speed-the-Plow, The Goat (Unicorn Theatre); American Heartland Theatre; Coterie Theatre. Local directing credits: As You Like It (HASF); Next of Kin, Orson’s Shadow, Topdog/Underdog, Fully Committed, Lobby Hero, Bee-Luther Hatchee (Unicorn). Founding member of Kansas City Actors Theatre: directed God of Carnage (Unicorn coproduction), Translations, Private Lives, Fifth of July, Absurd Person Singular, The Seafarer; performed in The Pinter Trilogy, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Dinner with Friends, True West. Education: BA, Webster College Conservatory; MFA, Wayne State University.


Vanessa Severo (Belle/Mrs. Fred/Ensemble/Dance Captain) Vanessa's Kansas City credits include: August: Osage County, Cabaret, A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story (The Musical!) at The Kansas City Repertory Theatre; Gypsy at the Musical Theatre Heritage; Black Bird at The Living Room; Bright Ideas, The Clean House, and Green Whales at The Unicorn Theatre; Artist In Residence at The Coterie Theatre 2005-2006; Much Ado About Nothing at The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival; Absurd Person Singular and Desdemona with The Kansas City Actors Theatre; I'll Be Back Before Midnight at The American Heartland Theatre; Rumors at The New Theatre Restaurant; and Hedwig and The Angry Inch with Eubank Productions. She is a co-collaborator of Hybrid which created The Coppelia Project and Advice From A Spider. Vanessa was winner of 'Best Actress' in the 2009 and 2011 Pitch Awards.


Rusty Sneary (Fred/Ensemble) KC Rep: August: Osage County, A Christmas Carol, Liliom. Local Credits: Carousel(Directed by Kyle Hatley), Love Song, This Is How It Goes, On An Average Day (The Living Room); Sci-Fi Triple Feature (Coterie Theatre); The Pillowman, Frozen, Take Me Out, The Exonerated, Omnium Gatherum (Unicorn Theatre); Out of Order(New Theatre). Film & TV: Canterbury’s Law, Raising Jeffrey Dahmer, Suspension, Psychic Detectives, Charlie 13. Education: BFA in Theatre Performance, Missouri State University. Upcoming: Next Fall (Unicorn Theatre), The Importance of Being Earnest (The American Heartland Theatre). Rusty is co-owner, with his beautiful, brilliant, and talented partner, Shawnna Journagan, of The Living Room, where he is also the current serving Artistic Director.


Anna Synek (Children’s Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Anna attends Christ Preparatory Academy. She has performed with Theatre in the Park, Christian Youth Theatre and the Gardner Community Theatre. Anna enjoys making pancakes for the family, bicycling while singing, duct-tape art, and making up dances with friends.


Mia Vaught (Children’s Ensemble) is appearing at the Kansas City Rep for the second time in A Christmas Carol. Local credits: Ensemble in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New Theater Restaurant, 2011). Weird Sister in MacBeth (2011) and Lady Anne in Richard III (2010) [Camp Shakespeare, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival], The Jester in The Princess and the Pea at Academy of Performing Arts, Grandview. Mia studies drama and voice at the Academy of Performing Arts and dance at the Miller Marley School of Dance and Voice. She sings in her school choir and plays the violin. Mia would like to thank her parents, grandparents, sister, teachers and friends.


Megan Walstrom (Want/Children’s Ensemble) Megan is thrilled to be making her KC Rep debut. Her credits include, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (New Theatre), Annie, Alice in Wonderland, and Rhythm City (Trilogy), and Bye Bye Birdie (Stage Right). She is excited to be performing at Disney World with The Miller Marley Entertainers over spring break. Megan is a 5th grader at Briarwood Elementary. When she isn't singing and dancing at Miller Marley, she loves to ski, swim, play soccer and just hang out with her friends. Megan would like to give special thanks to her voice teacher, Jay Coombes! You're the best! She would also like to thank her friends and family for always supporting her. In the future she would love to perform on Broadway.


Kathleen Warfel (Charwoman, Grandma/Ensemble) KC Rep: August: Osage County, A Christmas Carol, To Kill a Mockingbird, Major Barbara, The Seagull, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Delicate Balance, Julius Caesar. Local Credits: Grey Gardens, Speech & Debate, Rabbit Hole, Omnium Gatherum, Desert Holiday, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Keeley and Du, Burn This (Unicorn Theatre); Talley & Son, The Fifth of July, The Cripple of Inishmaan (Kansas City Actors Theatre); King Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); The Odd Couple, Steel Magnolias (American Heartland Theatre); Regional: Picnic (Great Plains Theatre). Directing: Marion Bridge  (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Other People's Money (Theatre League); Arsenic and Old Lace (Avila College). Film & TV: Sorry Dad, Ride with the Devil, Chowchilla Kidnapping, Five American Guns.


Cheryl Weaver (Mrs. Cratchit/Ensemble) KC Rep: August: Osage County, Bus Stop, A Christmas Carol (3 seasons), The Voysey Inheritance, The Trip to Bountiful, Living Out. Local Credits: My First Time, 9 Parts of Desire, Nickel and Dimed, Frozen, The Mineola Twins, Memory of Water, Spinning into Butter, Closer, Sideman, As Bees in Honey Drown, Jack and Jill (Unicorn Theatre); Love’s Labor’s Lost, Measure for Measure (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Boston Marriage (Kansas City Actors Theatre); Rumors, Moon Over Buffalo, Social Security, Father of the Bride (The New Theatre); Dixie Swim Club, Murder by the Book, The Dinner Party, The Mousetrap, Play It Again, Sam (American Heartland Theatre); Little House on the Prairie (The Coterie Theatre). Regional: The Voysey Inheritance (KC Rep co-production with American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco); More Fun than Bowling (Purple Rose Theatre Company); Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV (Shakespeare in the Park, Fort Worth, Texas); Macbeth (Dallas Shakespeare Festival); King Lear (Stage West). You might also recognize Cheryl as the Fairy Godmother in a series of Missouri Lottery commercials.


Carley Whitt (Associate #1/Pound/Young Adult Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local: Frindle (Janet, Coterie Theatre); Madeline’s Christmas (Juliette, Theatre for Young America); The Music Man (Gracie Shinn, Starlight Theatre); The Children of Eden (Storyteller, Piane Productions). Carley has also performed with Music Theatre for Young People (The Truth and Other Lies, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Zombie Prom) and The Barn Players (Into the Woods, The Wiz, Godspell, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown). Carley is a sophomore at Blue Springs South High School, and on the State Mock Trial Team and has earned multiple placings in Storytelling and Duo for Forensics. She was the featured vocalist for the Lee’s Summit Oktoberfest, Chocolate Festival, and the Plaza Lighting Ceremony. Carley is a member of the Shakespeare Conservatory Class at Heart of America Shakespeare Festival and the Acting Master Class at the Coterie Theatre.


Haley Wolff (Children’s Ensemble) KC Rep: debut. Local: Bridge to Terabithia (Coterie Theatre). Haley performed as Little Cosette in the Lee’s Summit North High School production of Les Miserables. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Androcles and the Lion, Santa’s Memory Quilt, et. al. (Academy of Performing Arts); As You Like It (Alcott Arts Center); The Wizard of Oz (Christian Youth Theatre East). Haley is an honor roll student and is in the eighth grade at Pleasant Lea Middle School. “I would like to thank my parents for driving me to the shows and rehearsals, the crew of A Christmas Carol because they work so hard, and the director Kyle Hatley for picking me to be in this show.”


Austin Zollars (Simon/Children’s Ensemble) Austin is  making his second appearance with the KC Rep’s A Christmas Carol. Last season he performed in Bridge to Terabithia at the Coterie Theatre.  Austin was an orphan in Oliver and a Lost Boy in Peter Pan at the Jewish Community Center White Theater, Zazu in The Lion King at the Barstow Theater, and Avram in Fiddler on the Roof at French Woods Performing Arts. He is also an avid soccer player (goalie, stopper) and loves the guitar. Austin is a seventh grade student at The Barstow School and lives in Leawood with his Mom, Dad, Grammy and Dog Cole.


Brooke Redler (Production Stage Manager) KC Rep: Stage Manager: August: Osage County, 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol, Saved, Palomino; Assistant Stage Manager: Bus Stop, A Flea in Her Ear, Winesburg, Ohio, A Christmas Carol, Radio Golf, The Drawer Boy, A Marvelous Party!, Bad Dates, The Syringa Tree, Love, Janis; Production Assistant: Clay, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Christmas Carol, Jitney. Local credits: Anything Goes, The King and I, Cinderella (2nd Assistant Stage Manager, Starlight Theatre); King Henry V, Romeo and Juliet (Assistant Stage Manager, Heart of America Shakespeare Festival); Regional: Big River and Promises, Promises (Assistant Stage Manager, Stages St. Louis). Opera: Moscow, Cherry Town, Medea (Production Stage Manager, Long Beach Opera); The Good Soldier, Schweik (Assistant Stage Manager, Long Beach Opera); Santa Fe Opera, two seasons. Much love to my mom Leslie and Mary Honour.


Kyle Hatley (Director) Is an actor, director, play­wright, producer and the Associate Artistic Direc­tor of the Rep, where he has directed The Border­land, Broke-ology, the 30th anniversary production of A Christmas Carol, and Circle Mirror Transforma­tion. For the Rep’s 2011-12 season, he was the As­sociate Director for August: Osage County and he will be directing Little Shop of Horrors. Also at the Rep he was the assistant director on Clay, A Christ­mas Story, The Musical!, Into The Woods, Radio Golf, The Glass Menagerie, Saved and performed as “The Gentleman Caller” in The Glass Menagerie. Also in Kansas City, he has directed The Darwin Project at the Kauffman Performing Arts Center for Kansas City Friends of Chamber Music, Carousel at The Living Room Theatre, Hamlet for TwoThirds The­atre and Ben Franklin’s Apprentice at Coterie The­atre. For Kansas City Fringe Festival, he wrote and directed Watering The Grave, The Death of Cupid and Head and is currently writing a new musical called People Fall. He is also the artistic director and co-founder of Chatterbox Audio Theater, a non-profit, web-based theatre company that produces fully soundscaped audio plays for free streaming or download, where he has written and directed The Dead Girl, which won the Silver Ogle Award for excellence in Horror and Fantasy for audio theatre in 2008; Six, Surfacing, an adult adaptation of Pinocchio, which features some of Kansas City’s finest actors, and most recently he created and directed a new series called The Human Experience. In 2009 he was named Best Director in Kansas City by The Pitch, a 2011 Man of the Year nominee for KC Connect and was re­cently named a 2011 Charlotte Street Foundation Generative Artist Fellow. He received his degrees in Theatre from Rhodes College.


Eryn Bates Preston (Music Director) KC Rep: Cabaret (Assistant Music Director), A Christmas Carol (Additional Music). Local credits include: Music Director for Carousel (The Living Room), Original music for Head (by Kyle Hatley), original score for The Human Experience and Pinocchio with Chatterbox Audio Theater. UK credits: Into the Woods (Oxford Playhouse), Iolanthe (New Theatre Oxford). Accompanist for The Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Oxford University (Oxford, UK). Solo performer at Blenheim Palace, Oxford Uni­versity, Holywell Music Room (Oxford, UK). Educa­tion: MBA from UMKC; BA in Oxbridge Music from William Jewell College.


John Ezell (Scenic Design) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol, over 75 productions for the Missouri/KC Rep. Mr. Ezell has designed for Broadway under the legendary direction of George Abbot, the New York Shakespeare Festival, NY Public Theatre, Crossroads Theatre, Roundabout Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre at the Folger, Williamstown, Berkshire, Old Globe, Coconut Grove, Asolo State Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Dallas Theatre Center, Westport Country Playhouse, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cincinnati Playhouse, Hong Kong Repertory Theatre, Market Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa, the Istanbul Cultural Olympics, Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts, Lyric Opera, Blackstone Theatre and Second City in Chicago, Cincinnati Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Theatre in Copenhagen, Swedish Riksteater and the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm, The Cincinnati Ballet, CBS, PBS-TV, and Swedish State Television. His drawings have been exhibited in New York, San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, St. Louis, Prague and Brussels. His work received the Award for Experimental Television Art in Milan, Italy, two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards for Excellence, and fifteen National Critics’ Circle Awards including the 2011 Connecticut Critics Circle Award for his designs of the historic Westport Theatre’s production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Mr. Ezell is a fellow of the College of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.


Gene Emerson Friedman (Associate Scenic Designer) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol (developed the design drafting for the original 1980 produc­tion), Death of a Salesman, Master Class, I’m Not Rappaport. Local: Richard The Third, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Romeo and Juliet (Heart of America Shakespeare Festival). Recent designs: Second City Does Arizona (Arizona Theatre Com­pany); The Music Man, Carousel, La Cage aux Folles (Stages-Saint Louis); Death and the Maiden (Rep­ertory Theatre of St. Louis). Additional designs: Calderon’s Life is a Dream (New York’s Lincoln Center and GLTF); Gerald Freedman’s adaptations of A Christmas Carol and People Who Led to My Plays, as well as The Dearest Friends, The Boor, The Enemies, The World of Sholom Aleichem and What the Butler Saw. Mr. Friedman is architectural histo­rian of the Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe [1629] at Zuni Pueblo, where he also serves as archivist and curator of the Casa de Santo Nino. He is a tenured Associate Professor of Design at UMKC. Stages Of Conversion; The Santero Shrines of Gene Emerson Friedman can currently be seen at the Mattie Rhodes Gallery. His design for theatre can be seen at


Allison Dillard (Costume Supervisor and AdditionalDesigns) Allison is in her final year of UMKC's Master of Fine Arts program in Costume Design and Technology. She earned her BFA from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas and worked as an apprentice at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philadelphia. Previous work in Kansas City includes: Slammed!: KC Speaks out on the Recession (UMKC), The Mask of the Broken Heart with Stephanie Roberts, Distracted (Unicorn Theatre), The Greek Mythology Olympiaganza (Coterie Theatre) and A Comedy of Asses (UMKC).


Jeffrey Cady (Lighting and Projection Design) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol 2010, The Glass Menagerie (lighting and projections); Circle Mirror Transfor­mation (Lighting and Projections), Harriet Jacobs, Palomino, Back Home Again: a John Denver Holiday Concert, Under Midwestern Stars, Love, Janis, Give ’em Hell, Harry (projection design); Incognito, Later Life (lighting design). Regional projection credits: The Gay Bride of Frankenstein, Rooms (Seacoast Repertory Theatre, New Hampshire); The Wiz, Always, Patsy Cline (Main State Musical Theatre); Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of the Suicide Club, [title of show], Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Arizona Theatre Company). National credits: Love, Janis (lighting and projections, Columbia Artists Theatricals’ tours); Fellowship! (Lighting and projections, New York Musical Theatre Festival); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (lighting, Theatre League). National projections programmer credits: Green Day’s American Idiot (Broadway production), Wintuk (Cirque du Soleil).


John Story (Sound Design) continues his work at the Kansas City Rep with A Christmas Carol–eight seasons, A Flea In Her Ear, Radio Golf, The Drawer Boy, Gee’s Bend, To Kill a Mockingbird, Bad Dates, The Syringa Tree (along with Steve LeGrand), Jitney, A Raisin in the Sun, Give ‘Em Hell, Harry, Two Trains Running. Local sound design credits include Crowns, Omnium Gatherum (Unicorn Theatre); Nobody Lonesome for Me (American Heratland Theatre); Tommy (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre); Just So Stories, One for the Road (KC Fringe Festival) and Driving Miss Daisy (Central Standard Theatre), which was featured at the Fringe Festival in Bedford, England. Mr. Story also captured the sound of a concert for 10,000 people in the Philippine jungle, which will be featured in the recently completed documentary Rise & Dream. He has also worked extensively in recording studios, having produced CDs for various Kansas City artists including Mark Lowrey, Barclay Martin, Dan Thomas and Dave Stephens. He received his BA from Cleveland State University and an MFA in sound design from UMKC. Mr. Story serves as the Sound Supervisor for the KC Rep and the UMKC Department of Theatre.


Alison Hanks (Wig Design) KC Rep: Cabaret. Ms. Hanks has been a freelance wig designer and makeup artist for opera and theatre for 15 years. She currently builds and rents her extensive wig stock for productions all over the U.S. and has designed for Central City Opera, Opera Cleve­land, Nevada Opera, Louisiana State University, and Des Moines Metro Opera, American Players Theatre, Washington National Opera, Marquette University, Sarasota Opera, Anchorage Opera and Opera Ontario. She recently designed for the Starlight Theatre production of Xanadu.


Erika Bailey (Vocal Coach) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol-5 seasons, Cabaret, Bus Stop, The Borderlands, The Drawer Boy, To Kill a Mockingbird, Syringa Tree. She has also coached dialects, voice and speech at the Unicorn Theatre and the Coterie Theatre. Broadway credits: Tony Award-winning Mary Stuart starring Janet McTeer and Harriet Walters. Regional credits: The Guthrie Theatre, in Minneapolis, MN; McCarter Theatre in Princeton, NJ; Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ and at The Public Theatre in New York City. Education: BA from Williams College, MA in Voice Studies from the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She is the head of voice and speech for the MFA Acting Program at UMKC.


Jennifer Martin (Movement Coach/Choreographer) KC Rep: A Christmas Carol–29 seasons, Winesburg, Ohio, Man and Superman, Liliom, Indian Ink, Work Song: Three Views of Frank Lloyd Wright. Her work has also been seen locally at the Unicorn Theatre and Coterie Theatre and  nationally, at the Shakespeare Theatre and Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C., Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Chicago’s Northlight Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Connecticut. Dr. Martin is a James C. Olson Professor at UMKC and is Resident Movement coach for the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival. She earned her Ph.D. in theatre from the University of Michigan, and an MFA in dance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A founding board member of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators, Dr. Martin has conducted master classes in France, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and across the United States.





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