Our Town

April 15, 2010 - May 23, 2010

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Dave Steakley, Starring Jaston Williams

Show Info

"Genuine, deep emotion ... communicating the play's poignant message - that we must relish every moment of our too-short lives!"
- jetBlue Magazine (Read more.)

"A microcosm of American life that reflects the macrocosm of human existence!"
-The Austin Chronicle (Read more.)

"OUR TOWN is creative and fun ... the play's visual design is stunning!"
-The Austin American-Statesman (Read more.)

"A production full of wonder and magic, keeping audiences glued to their seats!"
- Examiner.com (Read more.)

"Something for everyone, every time and every place: The ZACH production is a must see!"
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ZACH Theatre transforms Thornton Wilder’s timeless drama with a signature reinvention celebrating all that is wonderful and unique about Our Town. With Jaston Williams as your guide, daily life unfolds as romance blossoms under a full moon and a butternut tree on ZACH’s Kleberg Stage. The play moves next door to ZACH’s Nowlin Studio where you are escorted as wedding guests of Emily and George to their gorgeous Tiffany blue, star-filled nuptials. And yes, there’s wedding cake for everyone! Then return to the Kleberg for a breathtaking transformation so heartfelt you’ll never forget it: This is the event of the season everyone will be talking about in our town.

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What ZACH patrons are doing ...

SCHOOL FIELD TRIP
Jimmy Ellerbrock, a teacher at Bowie High School, has brought his students to ZACH shows for over 15 years! Pictured center with students (L-R): Connor Jackson, Hannah Hammack, Eli Perez, Zach de Guzman, Manon Wilson, and Josh Specht.

The Torres Family
"I go to New York twice a year and the shows at ZACH are always just as good as what I see on Broadway!" -Jimmy Ellerbrock

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Jordan McRae in OUR TOWN, Photo by Kirk R. Tuck
Jordan McRae plays Emily in OUR TOWN. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck.

Our Town
OUR TOWN stars Jaston Williams (center) of ZACH's The Laramie Project and Austin's Greater Tuna, Jordan McRae as Emily and Michael Amendola as George. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck.

Janelle Buchanan and Harvey Guion, Photo by Kirk R. TuckMr. & Mrs. Gibbs, played by Janelle Buchanan and Harvey Guion. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck.

Mr. & Mrs. Webb, played by Barbara Chisholm and Marco Perella. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck.
Mr. & Mrs. Webb, played by Barbara Chisholm and Marco Perella. Photo by Kirk R. Tuck.

Cast/Crew

About the Company

(In order of appearance)

JASTON WILLIAMS* (Stage Manager) – is returning to the stage at ZACH after appearances here in The Laramie Project and as Truman Capote in Jay Presson Allen’s Tru. He has just finished a tour of Tuna Does Vegas, the fourth of the Tuna plays, which he and Joe Sears have performed for the past 29 years on Broadway and off Broadway at D.C.’s Kennedy Center and Ford Theatre and many other acclaimed venues – and the occasional dump. Austin audiences have also seen him in The Foreigner, The Chairs, Funny Thing Happened ... and his solo monologue shows I’m Not Lying and Cowboy Noises. He will re-open Cowboy Noises at The Long Center in the Fall of 2010. He will also perform a staged reading of his new work A Life Without Trees as a benefit for the Baker Theatre in Lockhart, Texas, this coming June. Mr. Williams is the recipient of the L.A. Dramalogue Award, The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Award and has five nominations for Washington D.C.’s Helen Hayes Award.
HARVEY GUION (Dr. Gibbs) – AT ZACH: The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, The Grapes Of Wrath, Omnium-Gatherum. REGIONAL THEATRE: Measure For Measure, Macbeth, Titus Andronicus and Hamlet, Austin Shakespeare; Iphigenia Crash Land Falls, etc., Salvage Vanguard; El Paraiso, Rude Mechs; Proof, The State Theatre; King Lear, Public Domain. FILM/TV: Holy Hell, Silent Fall, Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted, Snoops and WiseGuy. OTHER: Harvey, a 30+year member of AEA, AFTRA, and SAG; holds a masters degree in Theatre from Syracuse University, has taught and/or been a guest artist at a number of colleges, has done additional study at BADA, Oxford University, Eng.; Shakespeare and Company, Lenox, Mass.; and The Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC.
MICHAEL BRYCE (Joe Crowell, Jr.) – joins ZACH Theatre for his first professional production. As a youth, he participated in plays at the ZACH Performing Art School, including Othello, The Moor of Venice, The Merchant of Venice and And They Dance Real Slow in Jackson. He has his second degree black belt in Kung Fu, and has been playing piano for 6 years.
GABRIEL LUNA (Howie Newsome) – makes his ZACH mainstage debut in Our Town. Recent credits include Hamlet/Polonius in Ophelia, Sergei in the Black Snow and Orestes in Orestes. He currently stars as Nate in the feature film Dance with the One, which premiered in the SXSW 2010 Narrative Feature Competition. He can be seen in the near future as Lover in Paper Chairs Theatre's production of Machinal and as Eros in The Psyche Project.
JANELLE BUCHANAN* (Mrs. Gibbs) – AT ZACH: The Grapes of Wrath, Doubt, Omnium-Gatherum, The Laramie Project, Abundance, and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. REGIONAL THEATRE: An Ideal Husband with Austin Shakespeare Festival, Ah! Wilderness at St. Edward’s University, Laughing Wild, A Delicate Balance, Dancing at Lughnasa, Death and the Maiden, Marie and Bruce, Sonny’s Last Shot, and the world premiere of Tennessee Williams’ newly discovered Spring Storm, to name only a few. She was a founder of Big State Productions and co-writer and performer in the company’s long-running hit, In the West, which played almost every venue in Austin, many across Texas, and at the Kennedy Center. Janelle is a veteran Austin actress with dozens of stage productions to her credit, as well as numerous film, commercial, industrial, and print projects. AWARDS: The recipient of many B. Iden Payne & Austin Critics’ Table nominations & awards for comedy and drama.
BARBARA CHISHOLM* (Mrs. Webb) – AT ZACH: Shooting Star; The Clean House; Present Laughter; 365 Plays/365 Days; Keepin‚ It Weird; Blown Sideways Through Life; House Arrest; The Pavilion; Misery; Abundance; The Last Night of Ballyhoo; Ruthless! The Musical; The Sisters Rosensweig; Our Town; among others. REGIONAL THEATRE: When Something Wonderful Ends, Red Then Productions; Nesteggs For Armageddon, Kennedy Center, D.C; The Winter’s Tale and Hamlet, Austin Shakespeare Festival; Twelfth Night, Sneck Up! Productions; Nantasket, UT; The Women, San Diego Repertory Theatre; David’s Redhaired Death and Silence, Cunning, and Exile, Frontera at Hyde Park Theatre; Come Back To The Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Live Oak Theatre; Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet, Capitol City Playhouse. FILM: Holy Hell; Brotherly Love; The Aviatrix; Fast Food Nation; Boyhood; Broke Sky. TELEVISION: Friday Night Lights. OTHER: Multiple ACOT and Austin Critics’ Table Awards for both comedy and drama. Producing Director of Red Then Productions.
MICHAEL AMENDOLA (George Gibbs) – joins ZACH for the first time. AUSTIN THEATRE: Austin Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, The Tragedy of Achilles in Vietnam, Shakespeare's Husbands and Wives, Spooky Shakespeare, Intermission, Autobahn, The Bohemia Project and Mute Point. UNIVERSITY THEATRE: Macbeth, House of Blue Leaves, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Much Ado about Nothing, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Rover, Rocky Horror Show and The Art of Dining at Texas State University. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A from Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance, Studied with RSC at Stratford-upon-Avon.
CRYSTAL ODOM (Rebecca Gibbs) – AT ZACH: The Grapes of Wrath. ZACH’s PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL: The Best O’the Bard, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Commedia dell’arté, Anne Frank and Me, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet.
 
EVAN UNDERBRINK (Rebecca Gibbs) – AT ZACH: Everything About a Day (Almost), Willy Wonka, Jr. (Willy Wonka), Golly Gee Whiz!, The People Garden, How to Eat Like a Child. At Theater at the J: Singin’ in the Rain (Lina Lamont), Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Frog and Toad. Film credits include lead role in the award winning short, Duplex. Evan is a sixth grader at O.Henry Middle School.
CHRISTIAN GUERRA (Wally Webb) – At ZACH: Everything About a Day (Almost). OTHER THEATRE: Willy Wonka Jr. (Oompa Loompa), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere) at Bailey Middle School ; ADDITIONAL CREDITS: National Junior Honor Society, football, baseball, soccer, Tae Kwon Do, percussionist.
JORDAN McRAE (Emily Webb) – joins ZACH for the first time. OTHER THEATRE: The County Wife, Noises Off, Fool for Love, and Proof at Elon University. The Winter’s Tale, MacBeth, and Romeo and Juliet with the Red Umbrella Theatre Co. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Worked 2 years towards a B.F.A. in Acting at Elon University.
SCOTTY ROBERTS (Professor Willard, Constable Warren) – AT ZACH: White Gentleman and Policeman in Porgy and Bess, Senator Fipp in Urinetown: The Musical, Herr Schulz in Cabaret, Brian Clark/Robert Leonard in bee-luther-hatchee, Mr. Mushnick in Little Shop Of Horrors, Will Curtis in Abundance, Mendel in Falsettos, Harold Mitchell in A Streetcar Named Desire. OTHER THEATRE: Swifty Lazar in Frost/Nixon; This One in In On It; Mr. Phelps in Sweet Charity; Marcellus Washburn in The Music Man; Tito Morelli in Lend Me a Tenor; Ali Hakim in Oklahoma!; Harry Morton in Sonny’s Last Shot; Sipos in She Loves Me; Beadle Bamford in Sweeney Todd; Luther Billis in South Pacific; Noah in 110 in the Shade; Moonface Martin in Anything Goes.
MARCO PERELLA* (Mr. Webb) – AT ZACH: Project Interact, Christmas Carol, The Woolgatherer (inaugural show on Whisenhunt Stage), Shear Madness, Jack and Jill, Sideman. REGIONAL THEATRE: Sonny’s Last Shot (act/direct), Rounding Home (act/direct), Three-Penny Opera, Nashville Road (lead/premiere), Tarot for the New Age (writer/one man show.) OFF-BROADWAY: In the West (act/co-writer/co-director Kennedy Center), A Ride With Bob (act/choreographer. Kennedy Center.) FILM: Friday Night Lights, Fast Food Nation, A Scanner Darkly, Life of David Gale, Miss Congeniality, Lone Star, A Perfect World, JFK. TELEVISION: Walker: Texas Ranger, Wishbone, Beyond the Prairie, Tuskeegee Airmen, Starkweather, Friday Night Lights. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: 25 years MC Austin Symphony. Mr. Perella is a member of the band The Melancholy Ramblers, and author of The Adventures of a No Name Actor.
BILLY HARDEN (Simon Stimson) – is in his 26th year as a performer on Austin stages. AT ZACH: The Exonerated, A Streetcar Named Desire, Avenue X, Dreamgirls, The Piano Lesson, Five Guys Named Mo, One Mo’ Time, The Wiz, The Gospel at Colonus, Crowns, Bubblin’ Brown Sugar and Purlie. REGIONAL THEATER: Trick the Devil, A Streetcar Named Desire, I’m Not Rappaport, Fences, Two Trains Running, Purlie, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Eubie, Purlie, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Dark of the Moon, Spunk, The Great White Hope, Black Nativity and 110 in the Shade. FILM/TV: The New Guy and Friday Night Lights. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: Minister of Music at the Metropolitan AME Church; assistant principal at the Alternative Learning Center – Austin ISD.
LAURA BENEDICT (Soloist, Wedding Singer) – AT ZACH: Always, Patsy Cline, Rockin’ Christmas Party (nominated for a B. Iden Payne Award), Beehive and Soul Sisters. For nine years, she was a member of the popular Texas show band “Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes” and was personally invited to perform at the White House and other Washington DC events for President Bush on several occasions. She has also performed with the bands “Hot Wax”, “Groove Labs,” “Memphis Train” and currently with “Special Interest” and “Three Blondes.” Additional credits include studio projects for Walt Disney, Joe Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes and many more. She has also performed on numerous radio and television commercials on the local and national level, including the long running jingle for Thundercloud Subs.
LANA DIETERICH (Mrs. Soames) – is a 30-year veteran Austin actor. AT ZACH: The Grapes of Wrath, Who’s Life Is It Anyway?, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window, Picnic, The Philadelphia Story, Our Town, The Quotable Dorothy Parker (the second show on ZACH’s Whisenhunt stage), Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You, and Inspecting Carol. FILM/TV: Fast Food Nation and Teeth; Friday Night Lights (Opening episode, season 3). OTHER: She received the 2003 Critics’ Table Award as Best Actress in a Comedy. She is also a four-time B. Iden Payne award winner and a company member of Hyde Park Theatre. In 1995, Lana was selected by The Austin Chronicle’s critics’ poll as the Best Name to See in a Theatre Program.
DONELVAN THIGPEN (Si Crowell) – is making his first appearance at ZACH Theatre. OTHER THEATRE: Arsenic and Old Lace, Rebel Without A Cause, Dr Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Les Misérables and Little Shop of Horrors at Cedar Park Middle School. Cinderella, Aladdin Jr. and The Music Man Jr. at Cypress Elementary.
MICHAEL MENDOZA (Sam Craig) – was most recently seen in The Friend of Carols Mazon at The Rollins and Spooky Shakespeare at The Curtain Theatre.  AT ZACH: Jesucristo Superestrella/Jesus Christ Superstar. REGIONAL THEATRE: Austin Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Las Amandas written by Michael Mendoza (Las Amandas was nominated for The Austin Chronicle’s 2009 David Mark Cohen Award for best new play.)  Michael also worked as a broadcast journalist at KUT, KVUE & KRGV.  In San Antonio, he appeared on stage at the Majestic, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and at Jump-Start Performance Company.
DON OWEN (Joe Stoddard) – joins ZACH for the first time. He was most recently seen in On Golden Pond and Trying at The Paradox Players. REGIONAL THEATRE: Bent at The Blue Theatre, The Hollow with Different Stages, and Bus Stop, Our Town, Avow and The Rainmaker at The Paradox Players.
LAURA CHEEK (Ensemble) – joins ZACH for the first time. She has been an Intern with the ZACH Showstoppers for the past two years. She was most recently seen as Gina in Capital T's production of I Heart Wal-Mart. OTHER THEATRE: The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, La Dispute, A Baker's Wife, Grease, and A Jump to the Left at The University of Texas at Austin.
EMILY EVERIDGE (Ensemble) – joins ZACH for the first time. A new graduate of Southwestern University, she was most recently seen in The Rocky Horror Show. OTHER UNIVERSITY CREDITS: The Country Wife, Durang! Durang!, The House of Bernarda Alba, Tail End Charlie, Company, Seussical the Musical. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: The Leon Katz Rhodopi International Theatre Laboratory.
BETHANY HARBAUGH (Ensemble) – joins ZACH for the first time. FILM: Wishful Thinking with Motion Media. TELEVISION: Funmi and Friends with Knika Productions. OTHER THEATRE: Greeks Alive!, Symphony of the Clouds, The Tempest, Wonderdog, Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pollyanna Theatre; Shards of Love, Necessary Targets, Bus Stop with Paradox Players; Sherlock Holmes, The Rivals (ATE Featured Actress Nomination) with Weird City Theatre; Spoon River Anthology with S.T.A.G.E. in Orlando, Fla. ADDITIONAL CREDITS: B.F.A. from Texas State University-San Marcos, Character Performer at Walt Disney World.
EVA McQUADE (Ensemble) – joins ZACH for the first time. She was most recently seen as the Nurse in the Austin Shakespeare Bilingual Production of Romeo and Juliet. TELEVISION: World Youth Day Morning Update with Eva and Mark. OTHER THEATER: The Denials Improv Troupe at the Overtime Theatre; Annie Get Your Gun at the Woodlawn Theatre; An Evening with Shakespeare, The Theatre at St. Mary’s University.
BLAKE REEVES (Baseball Player) – joins ZACH Theatre for the first time. He currently serves as an intern at ZACH in production, so most of his time is spent behind the scenes. Blake attended Baylor University, where he designed, choreographed and performed in a number of productions. He later returned to serve as the Coordinator of Special Performances for the university, producing and designing several shows. Blake currently studies at Texas State University, where he is focusing on theatre design and technology.
BEN VAN WINKLE (Baseball Player) – joins ZACH for the first time. He has lived in Austin for 8 months and his work includes several short films and commercials.
*=Member Actors' Equity Association

About the Director

DAVE STEAKLEY (Producing Artistic Director) – Dave is dedicated to creating a place where our community gathers for a collective imaginative act. Now in his 19th season, he invites and celebrates the diversity of voices that make Our Town such a unique and energizing place to live. Dave believes theatre offers an arena in which we might be challenged to understand not just our own lives, but also the world in which we live, and is committed to creating plays and musicals that open meaningful conversations on topics that have resonance in our community. Dave has led ZACH to unprecedented audience growth with artistic and organizational excellence:WORLD PREMIERES

  • New plays by Anna Deavere Smith, Steven Dietz, Everett Quinton, John Walch, Allen Robertson & The Flaming Idiots
  • 365 Plays/365 Days by Suzan-Lori Parks. ZACH served as the Austin hub and produced the opening & closing weeks of a nationwide, year-long festival
  • Jesucristo Superestrella/Jesus Christ Superstar, ZACH created the first bi-lingual adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s landmark musical
  • The Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, a jazz and R&B reinvention featuring an all-new score set in Katrina ravaged New Orleans, which received national acclaim from The New York Times and the Gershwin Estate

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER ON OVER 250 ZACH PRODUCTIONS INCLUDING:The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, Caroline, or Change, The Clean House, Take Me Out, Present Laughter, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Crowns, Omnium-Gatherum, Hair, The Pavilion, The Laramie Project, Hedwig, Jelly’s Last Jam, Jouét, The America Play, The Who’s Tommy, Dreamgirls, The Rocky Horror Show starring Joe York, Full Gallop starring Karen Kuykendall, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Angels In America and BeehiveREGIONAL DIRECTING CREDITSActors Theatre of Louisville, New Stage Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, WaterTower Theatre, City Theatre and Downstairs CabaretPLAYWRIGHT

  • Rockin’ Christmas Party, ZACH’s annual holiday tradition that is also performed at theatres nationwide
  • Keepin’ It Weird, a play about Austin’s unique character featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR, The Wall Street Journal and American Theatre

SERVICE TO THE THEATRE FIELD

  • National Endowment for the Arts Theatre Panelist
  • Texas Commission on the Arts Young Masters Program Panelist
  • National Alliance for Musical Theatre New Works Committee
  • The University of Texas, St. Edward’s University guest lecturer

RECOGNITION

  • 2005 Austin Circle of Theaters Special Recognition Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theatre”
  • City of Austin declares May 18, 2001 as “Dave Steakley Day” in recognition of his tremendous support of professional theatre in Central Texas
  • Austin Chronicle “Best of Austin” Readers Poll “Best Stage Director” six times
  • Multiple Austin Critics’ Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Outstanding Musical, Drama, Comedy, Director, Actor, Choreographer and Design
  • 2000 Austin Under 40 Outstanding Arts & Entertainment Award
  • Austin Chronicle “10 Best Productions of the Decade” selected Dave’s productions of The Gospel At Colonus and Ruthless! The Musical

About the Artistic Staff

JASON AMATO (Lighting Design) – Jason’s career has spanned 15 years, designing over 450 local and international shows. In addition to designing at ZACH for 10 years, he is the resident lighting designer for Austin Shakespeare, Blue Lapis Light and the Vortex. Recent shows at ZACH: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Beehive and Caroline, or Change. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards has honored Jason for outstanding lighting in 25 shows. He has also received B. Iden Payne Awards for his lighting of Troades, Trickster, The Exonerated, Omnium-Gatherum, Triskelion, Panoptikon, Despair‘s Book of Dreams and The Deluge. In 2008, Jason received the “Outstanding Contribution to Austin Theater” award from Austin Circle of Theaters. You can view his work at www.jasonamato.com.
SUSAN BRANCH TOWNE (Costume Design) – Previous ZACH designs: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Clean House, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesucristo Superestrella, Present Laughter, Bad Dates, Urinetown, Aida, Cabaret, It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues, Always...Patsy Cline, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Laramie Project and Jelly’s Last Jam. Other Austin credits include The Bat for Austin Lyric Opera; and The Music Man, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Annie Get Your Gun, The Secret Garden and Crazy For You for Zilker Theatre Productions. Favorite regional engagements include King Lear, The Diary of Anne Frank, and A Flea In Her Ear at the Denver Center Theatre Company; Crowns, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Twelfth Night, and The Taming of the Shrew at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival; My Fair Lady, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chicago, Julius Caesar, Tartuffe, Richard III and Sophisticated Ladies at Pioneer Theatre in Salt Lake City; and The Producers, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd and Forum for Milwaukee’s Skylight Opera Theatre. In New York, Susan designed for New York City Opera and numerous Off-Broadway productions. Susan is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University and the Yale School of Drama, and is a 24 year member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829.
ALLEN ROBERTSON – (Musical Director) Allen is an Emmy Award®-winning cocreator of the PBS children’s show The Biscuit Brothers, as well as a co-producer, performer, writer and composer for the show. Allen is an award-winning musical director, playwright, actor, director, sound designer and musician, and has worked on hundreds of productions from Chicago to Japan and just about everywhere in between. Additionally, he is a composer with credits including the documentary film Beyond Black Rock, the musical Jouet and the ballet Secret Garden.
CRAIG BROCK (Sound Design) – A freelance audio engineer since 1989, he also works as a recording engineer and music producer. At ZACH Theatre: Flaming Idiots, Spelling Bee, Love, Janis, The Grapes of Wrath, Let Me Down Easy, Shooting Star, Caroline or Change, The Clean House, Altar Boyz, Porgy and Bess, Speeding Motorcycle, Seussical, High School Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar/Jesuscristo Superestrella, Plaid Tidings, An Almost Holy Picture, Take Me Out, Rocky Horror Show, I Am My Own Wife, Urinetown, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Rockin’ Christmas Party, The Santaland Diaries, Crowns. REGIONAL: Evil Dead, The Music Man, Romeo & Juliet, Starlight Express. Album credits include: El Tri, Mana, Luis Miguel, Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Barbra Streisand, Guns & Roses, David Crosby, Stephen Stills.
CHRISTOPHER COGSWELL (Properties Master) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. AT ZACH: Properties Designer for Rockin Christmas Party 2010, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Love Janis, Grapes of Wrath, Shooting Star, Let Me Down Easy, Caroline or Change; and Properties Master for the Flaming Idiots, The Santaland Diaries, Beehive, and Rockin’ Christmas Party 2009. Also, Designer and builder of ZACH’s new prop rental, Milky White from Into the Woods. Photos are available online at www.zachtheatre.org. TELEVISION: Properties design for Discovery Channel; Impaled. OTHER THETRES: Mary Stewart, Music Man, Black Bird, the Hallow. COLLEGE: Anything goes, Pride and Prejudice, Tempest, Treasure Island, The Pirates of Penzance, Anna in the Tropics.
PAUL FLINT (Director of Production) – joined ZACH Theatre in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Shorter College and Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a focus on Technical Direction, Scenic Design and Arts Management. He has over ten years experience in technical theatre and has worked as a Technical Director for eight years. His theatre credits include the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Ga., Glimmer Glass Opera in Coopers Town, N.Y., Vitalist Theatre Company in Chicago,Ill. and a founding member of Seaside Repertory Theatre in Seaside, Fla.. Paul is the author of Managing the Creative Mind: A Technical Director’s Process.
BLAIR HURRY (Costume Shop Manager) – grew up in Austin and studied Costume Design and Technology at the University of Texas. While attending UT, she designed costumes for The Famous Rio Grande, The Trojan Women and Cabaret. Her most recent costume design works include Vampyress for the Vortex Theatre, Parade: A Musical for St. Edward’s University and Shooting Star for ZACH Theatre. She has built costumes for The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Ohio Light Opera Company and STAGES: St. Louis. She returned to Austin after touring as Head of Wardrobe and Make-up for the national tour of Playhouse Disney's The Doodlebops LIVE! and the 2008 National tour of The Moscow Ballet’s The Great Russian Nutcracker. She is an active member of the local 205 IATSE union.
LISA GOERING* (Stage Manager) – has stage managed at ZACH on The Flaming Idiots, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Jesus Christ Superstar, Crowns and Keepin' It Weird, among others. In addition, she stage managed An Ideal Husband for Austin Shakespeare, but also keeps busy working as a dresser, sound board operator and in costume shops around town, and was fortunate enough to spend the last two summers building costumes for the Shakespeare Festival at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. You might remember seeing her onstage in Carousel and A Christmas Carol at ZACH and The Snow Queen with Second Youth.
JESSIE DOUGLAS (Assistant Stage Manager) – is a recent graduate from Texas State University, San Marcos, where she earned her B.A. in theater along with a business minor. Jessie spent a year in Juneau, Alaska working for Perseverance Theatre as the Company/Stage Management Fellow. Other credits include Stage Managing Barefoot in the Park at Unity Theater located in Brenham, Texas, and Proof produced by Thunder Mountain Theatre Project in Juneau, Alaska. She also served as a Stage Manager and Assistant Stage Manager on many projects throughout college.
SHELLEY MANIS (Dramaturg) – dramaturged last year’s ZACH production of The Grapes of Wrath. She is a doctoral candidate in the Performance as Public Practice program in UT’s Theatre & Dance Department. Her dissertation is called “‘More than Memory’: Haunted Popular Performance in Post-9/11 America,” and it reads Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, the Broadway musical Wicked and ABC television’s Lost against the rhetoric of the post-9/11 Bush administration.
LILY WILLIAMS (Interim Company Manager) – A fresh face to both Austin and ZACH Theatre, Lily brings a great deal of enthusiasm to her interim position as the Company Manager. She graduated from Montana State University with degrees in Media & Theatre Arts and Spanish Language & Literature. During her time in Montana, Lily served as the producer and stage manager for numerous university productions, including The Last Acts and Allen Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.
*=Member Actors' Equity Association
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