Kohl's Wild Theater

Meet the Cast & Crew

Kohl's Wild Theater Cast
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.



Libby Amato LIBBY AMATO has been a company member of KWT since 2013. Other Milwaukee credits include productions at In Tandem Theatre, Next Act Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre and Windfall Theatre, as well as in Madison with Forward Theatre. She is also a founding member of Umbrella Group Theatre, a Milwaukee-based theatrical production company. Libby is a graduate of Carroll University with a degree in Theatre Performance.
J.T. Backes J.T. BACKES has been a company member with KWT since 2014. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Viterbo University. Previous credits include First Stage Children’s Theatre ("Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Sherlock Holmes: The Baker Street Irregulars", "Big Fish") Milwaukee Repertory Theatre ("A Christmas Carol", "Richard III") and Viterbo University ("The Mystery of Edwin Drood", "Little Women", "The Glass Menagerie", "A Chorus Line", and "The Comedy of Errors").  He’s looking forward to another exciting KWT summer!
Marcus Beyer MARCUS BEYER has been a company member of KWT since 2013. Marcus graduated from Cardinal Stritch University with degrees in Musical Theater and Visual Arts. Since then he has worked with Pink Banana Theater, Worlds Stage and joined a boy-band at Six Flags Great America. Marcus has also been a long-time participant in the bi-annual Sketch 22 comedy show. He looks forward to another season with KWT!
James Carrington JAMES CARRINGTON has been a company member of KWT since 2013. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Theatre in the Acting Specialist Program. Since then he has performed professionally in Minneapolis, Chicago, Madison and Milwaukee. His credits include plays, musical theatre, operetta and film. Some past theatres he’s worked with include: First Stage Children’s Theatre, Congo in the Square (Chicago), In Tandem Theatre, Madison Repertory Theatre, Madison Opera, Children's Theatre of Madison, Ordway Center for Performing Arts (Minneapolis) and Optimist Theatre.
Liz Faraglia LIZ FARAGLIA has been a company member of KWT since 2014. She is a 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Theatre and Dance BFA programs. Liz has been fortunate enough to have worked and performed with numerous Milwaukee theatre companies such as the Skylight Music Theatre ("Fidelio" and "Cinderella"), First Stage Children's Theatre, Optimist Theatre ("The Winter’s Tale"), World Stage Theatre ("The Behanding in Spokane" as Marilyn), and The Quasimondo ("Americlown"). Past UWM credits include: "King Lear" (Reagan), "Mr. Marmalade" (Lucy), and "Paradise" (Fatima) just to name a few. Liz is also in the short film, "The Harpist", which appeared in the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival.
Lindsey Gagliano LINDSEY L. GAGLIANO has been a company member of KWT since 2011. Lindsey graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with both her BFA in Acting and her BA in K-12 Theatre Education. Since then she has been working in the Midwest at theatre companies such at Milwaukee Chamber Theater, Windfall Theater, In Tandem Theater, The Alchemist Theater and more. She also toured with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre as the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz".
Megan Kaminsky MEGAN KAMINSKY has been a company member of KWT since 2011. She is a Milwaukee native and graduated from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Peck School of the Arts with her BFA in Theatre. Since graduating she has worked with theatre companies in the city such as Youngblood, The Boulevard Ensemble, Pink Banana, Bunny Gumbo's Combat Theatre, Patrick Schmitz's Sketch: 22 and most recently has been very involved with the inaugural season of The Quasimondo, voted best Physical Theatre Company in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Magazine, 2012).  Megan has also studied with Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, Mass. and is a freelance choreographer.
Emmitt Morgans 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!
Sherrick Robinson 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.
Samantha Sostarich SAMANTHA SOSTARICH has been a company member of KWT since 2011. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a BA with distinction as a Theatre Acting Specialist. Samantha has performed with The Skylight Music Theatre ("Into the Woods", "Pump Boys and Dinettes", "Avenue Q", "Sunday in the Park with George", "Dames At Sea", "Pirates of Penzance", "The Producers", "White Christmas"), The Milwaukee Opera Theatre ("Fortuna the Timebender vs. The School Girls of Doom"), First Stage Children’s Theater ("Miss Nelson is Missing"), In Tandem Theatre ("A Cudahy Caroler's Christmas", "Jesus Christ Superstar"), Sunset Playhouse ("The Singer Songwriter", "Best of Broadway"), Light Opera Works ("My Fair Lady"), Madison Repertory Theater ("Carousel"), and The New Court Theatre ("Side by Side by Sondheim").  She is delighted to be making her debut with Optimist Theatre in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" and Milwaukee Chamber Theatre in "Boeing Boeing" later this year. Samantha is proud to be one of the original workshop members of Kohl’s Wild Theater!
Jade Taylor JADE TAYLOR has been a company member with KWT since 2011. She will be graduating this May with a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. UWM credits include "Lysistrata", "Urinetown the musical", and "Italian American Reconciliation".
Zach Thomas Woods 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.



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.

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