Meet the Cast & Crew
The Kohl’s Wild Theater team, from top left: Libby Amato, Megan Kaminsky, J.T. Backes, Jade Taylor, Lindsey Gagliano, Emmitt Morgans, Liz Faraglia, Sherrick Robinson, Dave McLellan. Bottom from left: Marcus Beyer, James Carrington, Samantha Sostarich and Zach Thomas Woods.
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THE ACTING COMPANY:
MAURA ATWOOD joined KWT as a company member in 2017. Maura graduated from Carthage College in 2016 with a BA in Theater Performance and Music, and has performed in the Milwaukee area with Off the Wall, Milwaukee Metro Voices, Acacia Theater, First Stage, and Quasimondo. She is currently a teaching artist for Spotlight Youth Theater and the Milwaukee Rep.
ROC BAUMAN joined KWT as a company member in 2016. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a BFA in acting. He co-founded two comedy groups that performed around Milwaukee, Running With… and Cool Story Bros. His other acting credits include “The Crucible,” “The Producers,” “Laughing Stock,” “Italian-American Reconciliation” and more. He has always loved animals and going to the Zoo, and he is ecstatic to be able to perform here!
BRITTANY CURRAN joined KWT as a company member in 2016. She holds a BFA degree in acting and a minor in creative writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Brittany also works as a teaching artist, director, and educational outreach coordinator with Milwaukee Youth Theatre, and is a Teaching Assistant for the Theatre Department at UW-Milwaukee. Brittany has worked with several local theatre companies including Pink Banana, Renaissance Theaterworks, The World’s Stage, Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices, First Stage Children’s Theater, Milwaukee Rep, Bard and Bourbon, Optimist Theatre, and Milwaukee Entertainment Group.
JJ GATESMAN joined KWT as a company member in 2016. Originally from Las Vegas, he received an MFA in acting from Western Illinois University. Since moving to Milwaukee he performed with Milwaukee Repertory Theater (The Foreigner), Sunset Playhouse (The Foreigner), Quasimondo (The Nautical Tragedy of Dick III), and several unrehearsed Shakespeare productions with Theater Red. In addition to performing, JJ is also a fight director. His fight choreography has been seen at Madison Opera, Umbrella Group Theatre, and Milwaukee Entertainment Group.
AMI MAJESKIE joined KWT as a company member in 2016. Ami is from Genesee Depot and graduated from Carroll University in May of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in theater arts and a double minor in communication and arts management. Her favorite acting credits include Wendla in “Spring Awakening," Gingy in “Shrek the Musical," and Little Sally in “Urinetown.”In addition to performing, Ami is also a director and choreographer. Recent choreography credits include "1776," "Parade," "Urinetown," "Aladdin Jr." and "Assassins." She has also directed "Stuck" by Claire Reeve, "The Untitled Women Project," and Lake Country Playhouse's "Young Frankenstein."
EMMITT MORGANS has been a company member with KWT since 2012. Emmitt is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Acting BFA program and has called Milwaukee home ever since. Other theatre credits include Optimist Theatre ("The Winter’s Tale", "As You Like It", "Macbeth") Skylight Music Theatre ("The Producers", "Barber of Seville"), Bunny Gumbo ("Combat Theatres 19-23"), and Goats & Monkeys ("Othello", "Hamlet", "Taming of the Shrew"). Allons-y!
RAE PARE is a graduate of Carthage College with a B.A. in music theater and theater performance. She is excited to become a part of the KWT family. She has recently worked as an understudy in First Stage’s “Ella Enchanted,” appeared in All In Production’s “Dog Fight” (Chippy/Ensemble) and performed at Sunset Playhouse in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Muzzy). Carthage mainstage credits include “Up the Hill,” “Day After Night” and “Stars in the Morning Sky.”
KARA PENROSE joined KWT as a company member in 2016. She received her BA in theatre from California State University East Bay. Recent performance credits include: Milwaukee Entertainment Group's "Jack of Hearts" (Panda), SummerStage's "The Importance of Being Earnest" (Cecily), and "Lobotomy the Musical" (Alice) performed at the Alchemist Theatre. In addition to performing, Kara is also a stage combat instructor and fight director. She is a certified stage combatant and instructor with Dueling Arts International and has served as a teacher and fight director throughout the United States.
SHERRICK ROBINSON has been a company member with KWT since 2012. He holds a BFA in Theater Performance & Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, Neb. A native of Milwaukee, he’s directed and acted in more than 100 productions. He has also appeared at Miller Park as a Brew Crew member, and been a racing sausage. Some recent appearances include "Six Degrees of Separation" at Sunset Playhouse, "HAIR" at Skylight Music Theatre and "Luchadora" at First Stage Children's Theater. He is grateful for the opportunity to share the gift of theater with people of all ages, and thanks his friends for their support.
LEANN VANCE joined KWT as a company member in 2016. After graduating in May of 2015 from UW-Whitewater with a BFA in theatre performance, she took up residence in Milwaukee where she has worked as an understudy for “James and the Giant Peach” and “Just a Little Critter Musical” at First Stage Children’s Theater. In addition to conservation and sustainability, she is passionate about instilling a love of the arts in young minds. When she is not at the zoo, LeAnn works with First Stage's Education Department as a Teaching Artist, bringing arts integrated workshops to schools throughout the Milwaukee area.
ZACH THOMAS WOODS has been a company member of KWT since 2014. Zach is from Oconomowoc, Wis. and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2012 with a BFA in acting. Recent Milwaukee acting credits include Skylight’s productions of "Les Miserables" and "Hair", First Stage’s "Anatole and Big Fish", and Theatre Red’s "A Lady in Waiting". Zach maintains a working relationship with the Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives in Honolulu, Hawaii where he serves as playwright for their Cemetery Theatre living history program. He also works in the community as a theatre director. Recent directing credits include "The Miss Firecracker Contest" with Musical Masquers in West Bend and "Death by Design" with Milwaukee Entertainment Group. He is slated to direct "Moon Over Buffalo" with SummerStage of Delafield this summer.
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM:
DAVE MCLELLAN (Theater Coordinator) joined the Zoological Society in 2010 to begin development of Kohl’s Wild Theater, which has grown to be the largest zoo-based theater program in the country. Under Dave’s direction, Kohl’s Wild Theater has developed 21 original plays and musicals that focus on a wide variety of topics in conservation education. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Dave was a company member and assistant director with the Wildlife Theater in New York City, performing regularly at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. Dave has worked as an educator for the Walt Disney Company, Orlando Repertory Theatre, and Imagination Stage. Other selected theater performance credits include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford Theater, Round House Theater, Imagination Stage, Surflight Theater, Capital Repertory Theatre, Cape Rep Theatre and Universal Studios Florida. Dave currently serves as a member-at-large for the International Museum Theatre Alliance in the capacity of liaison to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Dave holds a BA in musical theatre and psychology from American University in Washington, DC and is working towards an MBA at Marquette University.
Playwrights and Composers
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- Kelly Doherty
- Jonathan Ellers
- Nicole Greevy
- Neil Haven
- Ernie Nolan
- Alvaro Saar Rios
- John Tanner
- Melanie Wehrmacher
- Matt Zembrowski
Click on the names below to learn more about the designers.
- Steve Barnes – Set/Props Designer
- Andrea Bouck – Costume Designer
- Chris Guse – Sound, Set, and Projection Designer
- Dan Katula – Puppet Designer
- Brandon Kirkham – Puppet Designer
- Jason Orlenko – Costume Designer
- John Tanner – Sound Designer