A sumptuous new romantic musical comedy
Jane Austen’s Emma
ANDRÉS ALCALÁMr. Weston
Andrés Alcalá has worked throughout Arizona and Oregon in both acting and directing, including two seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Regional credits include the one-man show Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown, Kiss of the Spider Woman, and Sueño at Borderlands Theatre; Othello (Iago), Richard III (Richard III), Romeo and Juliet (Friar Lawrence), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon) at Southwest Shakespeare Company; several productions at Teatro Bravo; and Bordertown at Actors Theatre of Phoenix. For the past six years Mr. Alcalá was an associate artist at Childsplay where he taught, directed and performed in many productions including The Color of Stars and The Sun Serpent, as well as two National Tours of Ferdinand the Bull and Peter and the Wolf. His recent directing work includes Zoot Suit at Arizona State University and The Giver for Childsplay in collaboration with ASU.
RICHERT EASLEYMr. Woodhouse
Richert Easley is a veteran of regional theaters throughout the U.S. including Studio Arena Theater, Stage West, Riverside Theatre and The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, to mention only a few. He has appeared on Broadway in Jack O’Brien’s acclaimed revival of Porgy and Bess and Oh! Calcutta! He is happy to return to the role of Mr. Woodhouse, having played him previously at The Old Globe, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. He has appeared on Law & Order, and his film credits include the Canadian film Outrageous.
JON EIDSONRobert Martin
Jon Eidson is making his ATC debut, and comes to Emma fresh off his regional debut as Willard Hewitt in a San Diego production of Footloose. A proud and recent graduate of UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theatre program, his favorite credits include Xanadu, Sonny; RENT, Collins; and A Chorus Line, Bobby. He is a writer/actor with the LA based comedy group Extremely Decent whose work can be seen on MTVu and YouTube.
SUZANNE GRODNERMiss Bates
Broadway: Bye Bye Birdie (Roundabout Theatre) and The Rose Tattoo (Circle in the Square). Off-Broadway: Sarah/Sarah (Manhattan Theatre Club), Old Jews Telling Jokes, Cakewalk, Death Defying Acts, Appelemando’s Dreams (Vineyard Theatre) and Show & Tell. National Tours: Phantom of the Opera and Brighton Beach Memoirs. Regional: Over 50 roles regionally, including: Becky Shaw (San Francisco Playhouse), Annie and Enchanted April (Pioneer Theatre Company), Wintertime (ACT/Seattle), Angels in America (Actors Theatre of Louisville), The Sisters Rosensweig (Indiana Repertory Theatre), Distracted, Into the Woods and Twentieth Century (TheatreWorks), The Smell of the Kill (Cincinnati Playhouse), Brighton Beach Memoirs (Syracuse Stage), Red Herring (Florida Stage) Broadway Bound and The Plexiglass Slipper (Asolo Repertory Theatre). Suzanne has played the role of Miss Bates since 2006 at TheatreWorks, Cincinnati Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and The Old Globe. TV: Law & Order (all three), Ed, Hidden Signs. For Alba.
COLIN HANLONFrank Churchill
Credits include: ABC’s Modern Family (Steven – recurring). Mr. Hanlon also produces and plays Tim on Submissions Only (Submissionsonly.com). Broadway/Off-Broadway credits include: Wicked, First National Tour (Fiyero), Rent, The Pirates of Penzance (Frederic) and I Love You Because (Austin). Regional credits include: Luke in the regional premiere of Next Fall at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, two seasons at New York Stage & Film, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Westport Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Dallas Theater Center, Cape Cod Theatre Festival, TheatreWorks and three seasons at the O’Neill Theatre Center. Mr. Hanlon was also featured in the original cast of Edges: A Song Cycle, and can be heard on the cast albums for Next Thing You Know and I Love You Because, available on iTunes. He holds a BFA in Drama from Syracuse University.
BRIAN HERNDONMr. Elton
Regional credits include: Jane Austen’s Emma (Mr. Elton) at TheatreWorks (CA), The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, The Old Globe; San Francisco Bay Area: world premieres of Truffaldino Says No, The Safe House, and A Little Princess, TheatreWorks (The Elephant Man, Arcadia, The Learned Ladies of Park Avenue); Aurora Theatre Company (The Master Builder); Marin Theatre Company (The Good German), Berkeley Playhouse (Seussical) and five seasons with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Cymbeline, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Comedy of Errors, The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing). Mr. Herndon is a member of the PlayGround Company and the Society of American Fight Directors.
JAMISON LINGLEJane Fairfax
Jamison Lingle was last seen playing the role of Meg in Ken Ludwig’s newest comedy Leading Ladies at the International City Theatre. Prior to that she originated the roles of Dawn Lovett in Sidetracked and Peggy in the musical Wartime Romance. Regional credits include: The Robber Bridegroom (Rosamund), Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Richard M. Sherman and Milt Larsen’s new musical Pazzazz! (Josie Cohan), Scary Musical (Jamie Lee), Anything Goes (Charity), A Christmas Carol (Belle), and Mel Shapiro’s new musical, Homer in Cyberspace (featured dancer). She made her TV debut as Mystery Hot Girl in Dorm Life on HULU, and continues to work on various film and television projects in Los Angeles. Jamison earned a BA in Theater from the Ray Bolger Musical Theater Program at UCLA, and was a recipient of the John Raitt Scholarship for Musical Theater.
DANI MARCUSHarriet Smith
New York credits include: The Pirates of Penzance with The National Yiddish Theatre (Drama Desk Award nomination); River’s End in the New York Musical Theatre Festival; and Civil War Voices as a part of the 2010 Midtown International Theatre Festival. Dani’s regional credits include: Jane Austen’s Emma (Harriet Smith) at The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee with San Jose Repertory Theatre; Begger’s Holiday with Marin Theatre Company (Bay Area Theatre Critic’s Choice Award); and Lucky Stiff with Center REP. Dani is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
PATTY NIEMANMrs. Weston
Regional credits include: The Guthrie Theater (Babes in Arms – Bobbie); Ordway (Hot ‘n Cole, Anything Goes, A Little Night Music – Petra); History Theatre (Sisters of Swing and Christmas of Swing – LaVerne); American Stage (Vanishing Point – Amelia Earhart); Illusion Theater (Tell Me on a Sunday, Vanishing Point – Agatha Christie, Two Weeks with the Queen – Mum); Vocal Essence (Most Happy Fella – Cleo); and Skylark Opera (She Loves Me – Illona). Arizona credits include: Theater Works (A Little Night Music – Desiree; The Music Man – Marian).
SHANNON STOEKEMr. Knightley
Shannon Stoeke is delighted to be working with Arizona Theatre Company for the first time. Favorite tour and regional credits include: Mordred in the National tour of Camelot, Claude in the European tour of Hair, and Arthur in Camelot at the Pasadena Playhouse. Other favorite roles include: Oswald in Assassins, Eddie in King O’ the Moon, Into the Woods, Man of La Mancha, Fiddler on the Roof and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Most recently Shannon was seen in the National tour of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan as the understudy to Captain Hook.
ANNELIESE VAN DER POLEmma Woodhouse
Anneliese van der Pol is making her ATC debut. She made her Broadway debut in 2007 as the final Belle in Beauty and the Beast and starred for six years and in 100 episodes of the highly successful Disney show That's So Raven as Chelsea Daniels. Regional theatre credits include: Kathy in Vanities (Pasadena Playhouse, Second Stage - NY); Esther in Meet Me in St. Louis (TUTS); Laurey in Oklahoma (Austin Musical Theatre); Eva Peron in Evita (Buena Civic Light); and Marian in The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse). Ms. van der Pol has recorded numerous songs for Disney Records and most recently finished shooting the movie Vampires Suck in Shreveport, LA.
JILL VAN VELZERMrs. Elton/Mrs. Bates
National tours: Anna in The King and I. Regional credits include: The Heiress (Pasadena Playhouse - Mrs. Montgomery, opposite Richard Chamberlain), The Matchmaker (Utah Shakespearean Festival—Irene Molloy), Harvey (Laguna Playhouse—Myrtle Mae, directed by Charles Nelson Reilly), Boeing Boeing (Arrow Rock Lyceum--Gloria), Blithe Spirit (Ruth), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (San Diego Repertory Theatre—Pippi (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle nomination), 1776 (Abigail Adams—L.A. Ovation Award), God Save Gertrude (Gertrude, Backstage Garland Award) , Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical (Utah Shakespearean Festival--world premiere--Diana Bateman),The Music Man (Marian), Camelot (Guenevere), Into the Woods (Witch, Baker’s Wife), Carousel (Julie Jordan), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Brigadoon (Fiona), The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella), Hairspray (Velma Von Tussle), Kiss Me, Kate (Lilli/Kate), and She Loves Me (Amalia).
KELSEY ANNE JOHNSONEnsemble (Tucson Only)
Kelsey Anne Johnson is excited to be working with ATC for the second time after understudying Natalie in Next to Normal earlier this season. Favorite credits include Julius Caesar (Calpurnia) and The Secret Garden (Rose) with Arizona Repertory Theatre. A member of the Society of American Fight Directors and an Equity Membership Candidate, Kelsey will be completing her BFA in Musical Theatre this spring at the University of Arizona.
CHRIS KARLEnsemble (Tucson Only)
Chris Karl is joining ATC for the third time, having previously understudied Michael in God of Carnage and Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden in Next to Normal. Mr. Karl has also participated in ATC’s Café Bohemia as Guy in La Bella Familia and Mike in Wetback. Arizona credits include: Avenue Q, Bat Boy: The Musical, Hay Fever, As You Like It, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and Into the Woods (Arizona Repertory Theatre); Grease (Hollywood Bowl). Other regional credits include: Les Misérables (Hollywood Bowl) and the Texas tours of Hello Dolly and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Chris will be graduating from the University of Arizona in December 2012 with his BFA in Musical Theatre.
SAMMIE LIDEENEnsemble (Tucson Only)
Sammie Lideen is thrilled to be making her Arizona Theatre Company debut in Jane Austen’s Emma. As a part of the Arizona Repertory Theatre she has most recently appeared in The Secret Garden and understudied the leading role of Meredith in Bat Boy: The Musical. Past credits include Nancy in Oliver, Georgia Hendrix in Curtains, and Marcy Park in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Sammie is a junior at the University of Arizona, currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre.
MICHAEL SCHAUBLEEnsemble (Tucson Only)
Michael Schauble has previously worked at ATC, having understudied for Next to Normal (Henry), and Sherlock Holmes and the Adventure of The Suicide Club (Constable/Hotel Clerk). Mr. Schauble has recently appeared as Tony in West Side Story (Forestburgh Playhouse), Bat Boy in Bat Boy: The Musical (University of Arizona), and Dickon in The Secret Garden (University of Arizona). He will graduate from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Musical Theatre in December 2012.