Meet the Cast & Crew of our 2017 Bard in the Quad production - The Two Gentlemen of Verona

 

PJ Harris

Role: Stage Manager

Expected year of Graduation: 2019, in Theatre Arts, with a minor in Music Performance

Hometown: Lake Oswego, OR        

Experience: At OSU, PJ has acted in The Upward-Beating Heart,  Love’s Labour’s Lost, the 2015 Spring One-Acts and Kiss Me, Kate, as well as directing in the 2016 and 2017 Spring One-Acts and stage managing For the Love of Lies.

Fun Facts: PJ is trained as a solo classical/operatic singer.

“I'd like to thank my mother for being a wonderful human being. I'd also like to thank the Kranes, Dorothea Crisp, and the Theatre Arts Scholarship Committee."

 

Sedona Garcia

Role: Silvia/Music Director

Expected year of Graduation: 2017, in Theatre Arts

Hometown: Molalla, OR        

Experience: Sedona has acted in productions such as The Upward-Beating HeartRosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Romeo & Juliet, and Kiss Me, Kate while at OSU. Most recently, she was the Stage Manager for boom and James & the Giant Peach. She was a Director in the 2017 Spring One Acts Festival and 2016 Spring One Acts Festival. 

Fun Facts: Sedona enjoys West Coast swing, song writing, scrapbooking and karaoke.

“I would like to thank my family and friends, our donors, my fiance Andrew for auditioning and being part of my crazy world and God for allowing me to do what I love."

 

 

Mike Stephens

Role: Duke of Milan 

Expected year of Graduation: 2018, in Theatre

Hometown: Coos Bay, OR

Experience: At OSU, Mike has acted in The Upward-Beating Heart, as well as Bard in the Quad productions from 2014-2016 and Spring One Acts in 2014 and 2016. Elsewhere, he performed in Dracula at Marshfield High School.  

Fun Facts: Mike has been playing Tuba in the OSU Marching Band for 4 years. He enjoys ballroom dancing, playing DnD, playing guitar, and writing both music and plays in his free time.

“Thanks to my parents and friends for pushing me to be a better person."

 

Matt Holland

Role: Launce

Education: Bachelor of Arts in English at OSU, 2011

Hometown: Corvallis, OR     

Experience: Matthew has acted in The Upward-Beating Heart, Rosencrantz & Guildestern Are DeadA Bright Room Called Day, Arcadia, and the Bard in the Quad shows from 2007-2010 and 2015-2016 at OSU.

Fun Facts: Matt was involved with Cool Shoes in 2006 & 2007. He was also the winner of "My OSU" Diversity Essay Contest in 2009.

“Thanks to my wife and biggest fan, Liz. Thanks to Mr. Wheatley for laughs and being so soft. Thank you to my family for their support my whole life."

 

Kyle Stockdall

Role: Proteus

Expected Year of Graduation: 2018, in Business Management

Hometown: Dallas, OR

Experience: Kyle has acted in The Upward-Beating Heart, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Spring One-Act Festival 2016 and Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead. One of his favorite roles was as Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night at Dallas High School.

Fun Facts: Kyle has experience in Viennese waltzing. He also enjoys playing Frisbee and cooking.

“Thanks to my supportive friends and family."

 

Emily Peters

Role: Miss Kitty/Hostess

Education: Theatre Major, with an English minor from OSU (2016). Graduate degree in Winter 2017.

Hometown: Lebanon, OR

Experience: Emily has acted in Mother Courage and Her Children and the 2016 Bard in the Quad production of Love's Labour's Lost. Her favorite role when she was younger was as Father Abraham. Emily has been able to direct and write various things over the years but cites her favorite experience was directing The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From in the 2016 Spring One Acts Festival.

Fun Facts: Emily is great at mimicking and impressions. In the future, she plans on becoming a Theatre and English teacher. She also plans on moving to China to teach English in the next year.

“Hi Mom, hi Dad, thanks for tolerating my dramatics."

 

Cheyenne Dickey

Role: Antonia/Outlaw

Expected Year of Graduation: 2019, in Microbiology

Hometown: Salem, OR

Experience: At OSU, Cheyenne was in For the Love of LiesJames and the Giant Peach, and was part of the Romeo & Juliet ensemble in 2015. Their favorite role elsewhere was playing Rose in The American Clock at Mills High School. They were also a costumer for boom and The Upward-Beating Heart, and a designer for The Two Minds of Mr. Coffan in the 2017 Spring One Acts Festival.

Fun Facts: Cheyenne is fluent in Japanese and claims to spend an inordinate amount of money on comic books and video games.  

“I’d like to thank my parents for supporting me and the department for becoming like a second home."  

 

Forest Gilpin 

Role: Thurio

Major: Performing Arts

Hometown: Albany, OR

Experience: This is Forest's debut role in an OSU Theatre production. Elsewhere, he performed in Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Blithe Spirit. 

Fun Facts: Forest hopes to work for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in the future. 

 

Matt Easdale

Role: Bandit 

Major: Exploratory Studies

Hometown: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Experience: This will be Matt's debut in an OSU Theatre play. Elsewhere, he acted in Much Ado About Nothing, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Yellow Boat and The Great Gatsby at West Albany High School. He also has improv experience from Linn-Benton Community College, WAHS, and BATS Theater in San Francisco.

Fun Facts: Matt is involved in State Speech and Debate. His hobbies include reading, keepin' it real, stickin' it to the man, cooking and "chillin' with my boys"

 

Brian Greer

Role: Production Manager

Expected Year of Graduation: 2017, in Theatre Arts

Experience: At OSU, Brian has been involved in several productions both on and off stage. He performed as Romeo in Romeo & Juliet. He was also the Stage Manager for Kiss Me, Kate and The Upward-Beating Heart. This wil be Brian's second consecutive year as the Production Manager for our Bard in the Quad productions. 

Brian wants to thank his family for supporting him, even though they are spread across the country. "My mother asks about theatre every time we talk, and I can never fully explain my gratitude for their support. I would also like to thank donors that continue to encourage lovers of the arts to proceed in our objectives."

 

Genesis Hansen

Role: Julia

Major: Undecided

Hometown: St. Helens, OR

Experience: This will be Genesis's debut role in an OSU Theatre production. Elsewhere, she acted in The Addams Family Musical and Charlie & the Chocolate Factory. She also has three years of choir experience. 

Fun Facts: In her free time, Genesis writes poetry and enjoys gardening. She is also learning guitar.  

“Thank you to my grandma, Ellen Hansen, for her support and guidance."

 

Grace Klinges

Role: Lucetta

Expected Year of Graduation: 2021, for a PhD in Microbiology. Has a Bachelor's of Science from Haverford College in Pennsylvania.

Hometown: Princeton, NJ

Experience: This will be Grace's debut role in an OSU Theatre production. Elsewhere, she acted in Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Spring Awakening, and Little Shop of Horrors. Grace has directed two musicals, Reefer Madness and Avenue Q.

Fun Facts: Grace studies the bacteria living inside corals and scuba dives for work and fun.

“Thanks to the Vega Thurber Lab for their support."

Kay Keegan

Role: Musician

Education: 1st year graduate student in Creative Nonfiction. Has Bachelor of Arts in English from University of MN.

Hometown: Fergus Falls, MN

Experience: This will be Kay's debut role in an OSU Theatre production. Elsewhere, Kay performed in Anything Goes! and Fiddler on the Roof.

Fun Facts: Kay studied ballet for a long time and is a dance instructor/choreographer. She plays guitar, bass, banjo, piano, and accordion.

 

Mackenzie Powers

Role: Musician

Expected Year of Graduation: 2019, in Music Production

Hometown: Corvallis, OR

Experience: This will be Mackenzie's first role in an OSU Theatre production. He is classically trained in double bass and has five years of Marching Band experience.

Fun Facts: Mackenize enjoys story-centric video games, anything having to do with music, and making people's days better. 

“Thanks to Mike Stephens for getting me to try out for this play."

 

Andrew Schiek

Role: Speed

Expected Year of Graduation: 2017, in Political Science/Economics

Hometown: Folsom, CA

Experience: This will be Andrew's debut role in an OSU Theatre production. Previously, he has acted in a scene for a Directing class at OSU. He can also play a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, banjo, piano, and mandolin. 

Fun Facts: Andrew enjoys swing dance and quotes himself as a data nerd.    

“I want to thank my fiance, Sedona, for introducing me to this program, as well as Kyle Stockdall for providing business solutions for all occasions. 

 

Marissa Solini

Role: Office Specialist/Box Office Manager

Education: Bachelor of Fine Arts from OSU (2015)

Hometown: West Linn, OR

Experience: Marissa has been working for the OSU Theatre department and productions since January 2016 and has sold tickets at every single performance night since. 

Fun Facts: Marissa enjoys hiking in the Pacific Northwest and exploring new waterfalls on the weekends. In her free time, she makes still-life paintings of vintage aprons from her growing collection of 85+ aprons. She also collects vintage brooches, 1950's dresses and the occasional eccentric mug. 

 

 

Stuart Ashenbrenner

Role: Valentine

Education: Computer Science, Western Oregon University  

Hometown: Alpine, OR

Experience: At OSU, Stuart has performed in the 2016 Bard in the Quad production of Love’s Labour’s Lost and Love Games in the recent 2017 Spring One Acts Festival. He cites his favorite role as a rapping caveman in an 8th grade play.

 Fun Fact: Stuart runs a cyber security company and blog called Crash Security. He plans on working in cyber security and cyber crime after graduation. He is also a high school basketball coach.

“Thank you to my wife, Kelsea, my family, Adam & Drew, and Rico."

Elizabeth Helman

Role: Director

Education: M.A. and Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at University of Oregon, and B.A. in Theatre and English (Creative Writing) at Santa Clare University

Experience: At OSU, Eiizabeth is the Theatre Arts coordinator, where she teaches a variety of courses in history, literature, performance, directing, and playwriting. She has directed a number of productions at OSU and professionally including Arcadia, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Diary of Anne Frank, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, All in the Timing, Topdog/Underdog, Silent Sky, and many more. directed Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Comedy of Errors, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2015), and Love’s Labour’s Lost for Bard in the Quad and is thrilled to return for her sixth adventure with Shakespeare under the stars. 

"Thank you to the amazing Memorial Union staff and Summer Session who make these productions possible and to an energetic and creative cast and crew. Love and gratitude to dearest Matty, the greatest partner in love, life, and theatre I could ask for."

DeMara Cabrera

Role: Costume Goddess

Education: MFA in Costume Design from Boston University (2013), MS in Interior Design from Oregon State University (2006) and BA in Drama from Stanford University (2004)

Hometown: McMinnville, OR

Experience: At OSU, DeMara is an Instructor in the Theatre department as well as the Costume Designer and Costume Shop Manager. She has designed costumes for Romeo & Juliet, Kiss Me, Kate, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, For the Love of LiesJames and the Giant Peach, The Upward-Beating Heart and Love's Labour's Lost. She has also done a mixture of costuming and scenic work for a variety of shows including This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing. Young Frankenstein, A SErvant of Two Masters, RENT, Playhouse on Park, Busytown, Freckleface Strawberry, and A Year with Frog & Toad. She is also designing costumes for Valley Shakespeare Co's (at WOU) production of Much Ado About Nothing, July 27 - August 5.

Fun Facts: DeMara enjoys acting, singing, dancing, piano, scenic design, and interior design. 

Don Naggiar

Role: Scenic Designer and Scene Shop Foreman 

Expected Year of Graduation:MFA in Technical Theatre and Scenic Design from University of Oregon

Experience: At OSU, Don is both an Instructor and Scenic & Lighting Designer in the Theatre department. He brings with him many years of experience working for theatres in North Carolina, South Carolina, Colorado, Iowa, and Oregon. In addition to his work backstage, Don has taught a variety of theatre courses such as Scenic Design, Acting, Stagecraft, Lighting Design, Stage Makeup, Stage Management, Mask Making, and Intro to Theatre. 

Nathan Bush

Role: Scene Shop Foreman 

Education: MFA from Western Illinois University (2013), Bachelors in Theatre from University of Kentucky (2011)

Experience: At OSU, Nathan is an Instructor of Acting in the Theatre department. He has experienece acting in film, TV and live theatre in and around the St. Louis area, as well as teachng experience at Spalding University in Kentucky. This Fall he will be directing OSU's production of Inherit the Wind.

Fun Facts: Since moving to the Oregon Coast, Nathan has been involved in several productions hosted by Red Octopus.