Program Details: Titus & Much Ado

CAST:

AMY VICKROY: DEATH & DON JOHN

I am so excited to be working with Mission Theatre Company for the third year and as a company member.  To be a part of this incredible cast has been so wonderful and fills me with pride.  Other productions I have been a part of in Minneapolis include the Fringe Festival production of Musical: The MusicalHalfway Home with the Urban Samurai Company, Raucous Caucus at Bryant Lake Bowl, and A Midsummer Nights Dream, Macbeth, and Violent Delights with Mission Theatre Company.

ANDY SCHNABEL: SATURNINUS & DOGBERRY/ENSEMBLE

A Sioux Falls native I studied theatre at South Dakota State University where I performed in 22 shows during my stay there. I have performed at various theaters across the country including Prairie Repertory Theatre in Brookings South Dakota, and Acadia Repertory Theatre in Bar Harbor Maine. My Minneapolis credits include Bertram in All’s Well That Ends Well (Theatre in the Round Players), Serge in Art (Bloomington Civic Theatre), Crazyface in Crazyface (Shadow Horse Theatre), and the shows you are about to see. This show is dedicated to Dale and Dianne Schnabel, their strength and fortitude are unparalleled.

 ANNELIESE STUHT: TAMORA & WATCHMAN/ENSEMBLE

I am honored to be working with Mission Theatre Company once again on these productions of Titus Andronicus and Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare has played a huge role in developing my interest a performer -some of my favorite past roles include Emilia [Othello], Gertrude [Hamlet], Hermia [A Midsummer Night’s Dream] and Weird Sister [Macbeth]. I’d like to thank my family and friends for continually supporting my endeavors-and for putting up with me during the process. We hope you enjoy our production as much as we enjoyed creating it!

ANTONIA PEREZ: YOUNG LUCIUS/ENSEMBLE & MARGARET

I am excited to be in my first Mission Theatre Company show. I graduated from Minnesota State University , Mankato with a BA in theatre. And well be performing with CLIMB THEATRE this fall.

AUSTIN ENGLAND: LUCIUS & BORACHIO

I am  very excited to make my debut with Mission Theatre Company. Past performances include Tony in Philly the Musical, Antonio in Twelfth Night and I did a tour with National Theatre for Children this past fall. I would like to thank my friends and family for all their support.

CRAIG FERNHOLZ: MARTIUS/ENSEMBLE & DON PEDRO

I am extraordinarily proud to be a part of the cast for Mission Theatre Company.  A native Minnesotan, I only recently stepped back onto the stage and am enjoying every bit of it. I have been seen as Banquo in MTC’s production of Macbeth last spring as well as being an Anarchologist at the Guthrie Theater in the production of Relics. I live in St. Paul with my fiancée, Anneliese Stuht.

DEREK DIRLAM: PUBLIUS/ENSEMBLE & VERGES/ENSEMBLE

Titus and Much Ado are my second and third shows with Mission Theatre Company, after appearing in (and surviving!) last years Macbeth.  I have been performing in the Twin Cities since 2004, after graduating from the University of North Dakota with a BFA in Theater Arts. I have been involved with several theater companies across the Twin Cities including Brazen Theater, nimbus, The Mounds Theater Community Players, the Duck Soup Players, Applause Community Theater, Open Window, and Shadow Horse Theatre. I am currently the director of the Conundrum Radio Players, which will be performing a live radio theater adaptation of H.G. Wells ‘The War of the Worlds’ at the Historic Mounds Theater in July. It has been a great experience working with MTC again, and I hope you all enjoy the show as much as we do!!

HEATHER BURMEISTER: LAVINIA & URSALA

This is my first show working with Mission Theatre Company, and the experience has been so far challenging, delightful, and extremely rewarding. In the last few years you may have seen me doing non-equity shows in the Twin Cities at Theatre in the Round or with Theatre Unbound, Six Elements Theatre, or The Conundrum Radio Players. I’ve also been known to stage manage or manage box office – and am a company member with Theatre Unbound. Love to my family, friends, and fiancé, Joe, for keeping me grounded in my regular life with measured doses of hugs, video games, and pizza. In my spare time, I enjoy yoga, cooking, reading graphic novels, and the cat.

LUCAS GERSTNER: MARCUS & ANTONIO

I graduated with a BA in Theater from Macalester College and have been on stage with Shakespeare and Company (in numerous roles) as well as with Theater in the Round, Park Square, and most recently Classical Actors Ensemble. This is my first time working with Mission and it has been a great experience.

MARISA TEJEDA: ALARBUS/ENSEMBLE & HERO

I am extremely excited to have my Mission Theatre Company debut in this daring pairing. I’d like to thank my theatre professors at Concordia University and The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey for helping me discover my passion for Shakespearan text. I would also like to thank my Mopsa, Dorcas, Perdita,  family, and the cast and crew for being amazing and supportive.

MATT OUREN: CHIRON & BENEDICK

I am thrilled to be working with Mission Theatre Company for the third year in a row.  This year I became a company member with Mission and have really enjoyed seeing the inside workings of an independent theatre company.  Last year I was in both Macbeth and Violent Delights, and the previous year as Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  This year I get to cross two characters off my bucket list by playing Chiron and Benedick.  These completely polar opposite characters have been challenging and very rewarding, and a little more alike than you’d think.  When I’m not helping out with Mission, I work for Stages Theatre Company as a box office associate, house manager, teacher and actor.  Some of my favorite roles with Stages have been Hermey (the dentist elf) in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, and I’m looking forward to playing Snoopy this upcoming winter in A Charlie Brown Christmas.  Thank you so much for coming out to see our shows and helping support an up and coming theatre company.

MICHAEL TERRELL BROWN: MARTIUS/ENSEMBLE & WATCHMAN/ENSEMBLE

This is my first Mission show and I am thrilled to be getting a double dose. I have worked with other great companies including CLIMB, Park Square, Pillsbury House, Theatre Coup d’Etat, Freshwater, Alan Berks & Company, Candid Theatre, and Bloomington Civic Theatre. You can see me this summer featured in the Tease Series with Little Life Boats and Hairspray at Bloomington Civic Theatre.

MICHAEL KELLEY: TITUS ANDRONICUS & LEONATO & FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

I am super excited to be a part of my third season with Mission Theatre. Previously I played Oberon and Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth in Macbeth and was a cast member for Violent Delights.  I am a director, actor and designer based in the Twin Cities. Currently I reside on the board with Mission Theatre, Classical Actors Ensemble and act as a Co-Artistic Director of Wayward Theatre Company.  I am the past Artistic Director of Pioneer Place Theatre and 3AM Productions. As a director and designer I have worked for Pioneer Place Theatre, 3AM Productions, Wayward Theatre Company, Classical Actors Ensemble, Mission Theatre Company and Centre Playhouse directing and designing Shakespeare to Musicals. As an actor I have performed with Great River Shakespeare Festival (Merchant of Venice, Pericles), Theatre de la Jeune Lune (The Deception), Nautilus Musical Theatre (Rough Cuts), Minnesota Shakespeare Project (Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure) Shakespeare and Company (Tartuffe, Taming of the Shrew, Macbeth, Merry Wives of Windsor) Pioneer Place (Waiting for Godot, The Weir) to name a few.  I earned my B.A. in Theatre from Augsburg College…a few years back. I want to thank above all, Leah for her support and strength for me through all my endeavors.

PATRICK WEBSTER: BASSIANIUS/ENSEMBLE & CLAUDIO

Many thanks for the opportunity to reacquaint myself with Shakespeare. It’s been a while. Most days I can be found in the depths of the Target Center, aka Lifetime Fitness, doing massage and body work.

PENELOPE PARSONS-LORD: BEATRICE & TITUS AND MUCH ADO DIRECTOR & COSTUME DESIGNER

I am thrilled to be directing for a third time with Mission Theatre, it’s wonderful to be back in the Twin Cities and once again be working with such a dedicated and talented company of actors, designers and crew. My directorial credits include: Macbeth (Mission Theatre Company), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Mission Theatre Company), New Morning (Sydney), Violent Delights (Melbourne, Phoenix, Arizona, Minnesota and Sydney), Wacky Shorts (Melbourne), Macbeth (Melbourne), Secret Bridesmaids Business (Melbourne), Much Ado About Nothing (Melbourne), A Midsummer’s Night Dream (Canberra) and for half of 2006 I worked as the MUST Acting Artistic Director. I has designed and constructed costumes for a number of productions including: MacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Violent Delights, Reefer Madness, The Crucible, Wacky Shorts, Julius Caesar, The Revenge’s Tragedy, Closer, Secret Bridesmaids Business and Much Ado About Nothing. Some of my acting credits are: Alice: Nightmare’s in Wonderland role of The Duchess (as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival), both of MUST’s productions of BOG as Sally O’Mally-Bog, Antigone in the role of Tyrisessius, Tales of the Ovid, The Revenges Tragedy role of The Duke, The Cherry Orchard role of Dunyasha and A Midsummer Night’s Dream roles of Hippolyta and Titania.

RACHEL LINDER: DEMETRIUS & CONRAD

I am thrilled to be working with Mission Theater Company for the third year running after appearing in Violent Delights (2014) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2013). A Minnesota transplant from my native Texas, I have worked on a variety of projects in and around the Twin Cities since graduating from Carleton College in 2012. Highlights include road-tripping Medea around the Midwest Fringe Festival circuit, premiering some radical feminist theater (not to mention the prairie togas) with Riot Crrrricket, wearing four layers and snow boots in Winter House during a Kansas heat wave and finding an extremely creative use for a Ken doll in Crawlspace at the Playwright’s Center.

RICARDO BEAIRD: AARON & BALTHAZAR

I, Ricardo Beaird, future Mr. Oprah Winfrey, am excited to be working with Mission Theater Company for the first time! I recently moved to Hoth (Saint Paul, MN) to work with the educational touring company, Climb Theatre. You probably didn’t see me as Marc Antony in JULIUS CAESAR with Nashville Shakespeare Festival or Cliff in THE ROTTEN CORE with Tennessee Repertory Theatre, but I won’t hold that against you. You might have seen me in THE DUCHESS OF MALFI with Classical Actors Ensemble or in Public Theater of MN’s I AND YOU. If so, are you stalking me? I would like to thank Totino’s party pizzas, my friends, and family for always being there, we needs them. I love them very much. Enjoy the show!

WILL HOESCHLER: QUINTIS/ENSEMBLE & FRIAR FRANCIS/ENSEMBLE

I am very excited to be a part of my first Shakespeare production post-college! I  graduated with a degree in theater from Skidmore College in 2014. I recently finished a sold-out run of a one-man play, Thom Pain (based on nothing) by Will Eno, at the Matchbox Theater and will be spending the summer as an acting apprentice at the Williamstown Theater Festival. I am also a World Champion Log Roller and the current Boom Running World Record Holder; I work for my family’s business, Key Log Rolling, selling light-weight synthetic portable log rolling logs and growing the sport. I would like to thank Pen, Ellen, Andrea, and the whole cast and crew for all of their hard-work, dedication, and humor! I would also like to thank all of my  family and friends for their support and positivity! One more thing, I do a mean Gollum impression from Lord of the Rings, don’t be afraid to ask me to show you.

CREW:

PENELOPE PARSONS-LORD: DIRECTOR

See bio in cast section.
Titus Costume Inspiration
Much Ado Costume Inspiration

SARAH NARGANG: MUCH ADO ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

I am a director, producer, teaching artist and actress performing and producing in the the Twin Cities and abroad. I teaches the theatre and storytelling at the Children’s Theatre Company and DeLaSalle High School. Other local credits include The Jungle Theatre, Swandive Theatre, Interact Theatre, Workhouse Theatre, Paul Bunyon Playhouse, Pioneer Place on 5th, Theatre L’Homme Dieu and 3AM Productions as well as a founding member of Wayward Theatre Company. My training includes graduating from Augsburg College and the London International School of Performing Arts’ summer institute in Berlin, Germany.

ELLEN DEYOUNG: STAGE MANAGER

I am thrilled to be working with  Mission Theatre Company again as the stage manager for these unique and challenging production. I hold a degree in Theatre Arts and English Writing from Dordt College. I have worked in various production roles at theatres throughout the Midwest including Bloomington Civic Theater, Shadow Horse Theatre, Rosetown Playhouse, Eat Street Players, Stages Theatre Company, the Phipps Center for the Arts, and Iowa City’s Riverside Theatre.

JUSTIN HOOPER: SET DESIGNER/TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

I have been a freelance designer and painter for the past 10 years.  I am a Scenic Artist at The Guthrie Theater, Scene Shop Supervisor at Concordia University, and Resident Designer for several companies all over Minnesota.  You won’t be seeing much of me next year, however, as I will be taking at least a year off from designing to pursue other endeavors starting in August.  I’d like to thank Mission Theatre Company for being a part of this wonderful chapter in my life.

TONY STOERI: LIGHTING DESIGNER

I’m very excited to be participating in my third Mission Theatre Company production! I’m a graduate of Carleton College, and I work as a freelance lighting designer throughout the Twin Cities.  I have worked with Walking Shadow Theatre Company (The Sexual Life of Savages), the Sabes Jewish Community Center (Letters to Sala), and Young Artists Initiative (In the Heights), among others. When not designing myself, I also work as an assistant designer (1,001 Buddhas: Journey of the Gods, Ragamala Dance Company; Threepenny Opera, Frank Theatre; Three Musketeers, Walking Shadow Theatre Company), and as an electrician at numerous Twin Cities venues.

JOE GAMBLE: SOUND DESIGN

I had the opportunity to work with Mission Theatre Company in their 2013 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream and 2014 production of Macbeth. As a touring musician (I play in the band Enemy Planes), it has been a rewarding experience to work with creative people from another branch of the arts. It speaks volumes to the capacity of the Minneapolis art scene that such a wonderful theatre company exists, and that they support and embrace the city’s music scene.

ANDREA TONSFELDT: PRODUCER/HAIR & MAKE-UP DESIGNER

I am excited to be back stage this time helping create nuanced looks to compliment each of the characters in these amazing and unique productions.  I have done various designs in the past including two productions of Macbeth (UNI and MTC) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (MTC).  This is my seventh year producing theatre with Mission and look forward to countless more.  I want to thank my family and friends for their support and patience!  And my cat, Dizzie, for the mess and neglect!

Titus Hair/Make-up Source Inspiration
Much Ado Hair/Make-up Source Inspiration

TYLER STAMM: MASK MAKER & PROPS MASTER

I have been making stuff in Minneapolis for the last three years. I am from Kewaskum, WI and got my theatre degree from Viterbo University (go V-Hawks!).  I have worked with numerous theatre companies in town as director, actor, designer, and scenic painter.  I also works as a mural artist, illustrator, and educator.  This is my first time working with the Mission Theatre people and it’s the first time working on two Shakespeare shows done in rep.  I’m excited! Are you?

KRISTA J. WEISS: COSTUME MANAGER

I am very excited and grateful to be once again costuming for MTC!  Past shows with this team include Macbeth, Violent Delights and Detainee in the 2014 season.   Prior to that I studied theater and film at Occidental College in Los Angeles and, both in and out of school, tried her hand at everything from acting to stage managing and, of course, wardrobe.   I would like to thank the cast and crew for making these two productions a phenomenal experience and for continuing to teach me so much.

ANTHONY MICHAEL: CHOREOGRAPHER

I am a multidisciplinary theatre artist. Recent credits include Hannah Holman’s Persephone (Dancer) at The Cowles Center, and And She Would Stand Like This (Grace) as part of 20% Theatre’s Q-Stage series. As Marcel Michelle I  recently appeared in the theatrical burlesque productions Babes in Wonderland (March Hare) and Visions of Sugarplums: The Burlesque Nutcracker (Sugarplum Trio). Upcoming work includes Choreographing a new devised work entitled Lesson .333 for The Historic Mounds Theatre (5/26-5/29) and a turn as Virginia Hymen in Dragula, to be featured in Gadfly Theatre’s Final Fronteir Festival.

WALTER CRISWELL: ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/RUN CREW

MIKAELA VOGLAND: ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/RUN CREW

I have participated in multiple forms of theatre for over a decade. Recently, I stage managed for Black Dirt Theatre as well as interned there since 2012 (focusing on non-profit theatre management). I have also worked for Concordia University’s scene shop and costume studio. I am incredibly thankful to have joined the Much Ado and Titus cast for my first extraordinary experience with Mission Theatre Company. Currently, I am enrolled at Concordia University where I am studying Business Management with a double minor in Theatre and Non-profit Management.

ABIGAIL WACHOLZ: COSTUME INTERN

This is my first production with The Mission Theatre Company and I could not be more excited to be a part of it! I graduated from Luther College in May of 2014 with a a degree in Art with a Theater/Dance minor, working in the Theater Department costume shop since February 2011. After graduation, I worked with Decorah’s local community Theater, New Minowa Player’s, as a costumer for their summer production of Suessical. After moving back to the Cities, I worked as a costumer for Ashland Productions in Maplewood, for a fall production of The Music Man. Working with The Mission Theater has been a dream come true and I’m so happy to have to opportunity to work with such a wonderful group of cast and crew on these two phenomenal plays!

AMY ABRIGO: HOUSE MANAGER

I have worked as a house manager, usher, actor, director, stage manager, and more throughout the Twin Cities. I was recently the directing intern for the Guthrie Theater’s production of The Crucible. As a stage manager, I have had the privilege of working on Snapshots at the Guthrie Theater, American Midget at the Phoenix Theater, and Pulse: A Guthrie Experience for Actors in Training at the Guthrie Theater. Next up, I will be working on Nature: A Walking Play presented by TigerLion Arts.

MICHAEL KELLEY: FIGHT CHOREOGRAPHER

See actor section.

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