Kohl's Wild Theater

Meet the Cast & Crew

Kohl's Wild Theater Cast
Kohl's Wild Theater performers pose at the Milwaukee County Zoo. They are (back row, from left): Sherrick Robinson (with shark puppet), Marcus Beyer (with jaguar head), Jade Taylor (with trumpeter swan puppet), Libby Amato, Megan Kaminsky, Jenna Vik, Alexis Lasky (with toucan puppet), Emmitt Morgans (with vole puppet), James Carrington, and KWT theater coordinator Dave McLellan (under the sign); (front row, from left) Alecia Annacchino (with otter puppet), Lindsey Gagliano, Samantha Sostarich (with crab claws), and David Franz (with penguin puppet).

 

THE ACTING COMPANY:

Libby Amato LIBBY AMATO is delighted to join the team at Kohl’s Wild Theater! Other Milwaukee credits include productions at In Tandem Theatre, Optimist Theatre, Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children's Theatre, Alchemist Theatre, and Windfall Theatre among others; and in Madison with Forward Theatre. This coming spring she will add Next Act Theatre to the list with their production of “Grace.” Libby is a graduate of Carroll University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. Love and thanks to Joe and Beth Amato for their untiring encouragement and support.
J.T. Backes J.T. BACKES is delighted to make his debut with Kohl’s Wild Theater. In May, he received his BFA in Music Theatre from Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. Recent credits include “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” (Durdles), “Little Women”(Professor Bhaer), “Marat Sade”(Polpoch), and “The Glass Menagerie”(Tom Wingfield). He has performed professionally with the Milwaukee Rep, First Stage Children’s Theatre, and was recently on tour with Prairie Fire Children’s Theatre as Poppa in “Cinderella.” This upcoming winter he will be joining First Stage Children’s Theatre in “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” He’s looking forward to this exciting KWT season!
Marcus Beyer MARCUS BEYER in excited to be a part of Kohl’s Wild Theater this year! 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 this season with KWT!
James Carrington JAMES CARRINGTON is a second-year company member with Kohl’s Wild Theater. He received his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Theatre in the Acting Specialist Program. Since then he has been performing 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.
Susie Duecker SUSIE DUECKER is thrilled to make her Kohl's Wild Theater debut. She graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA in Drama. Since then she’s had the good fortune to work as an actor in both Wisconsin and the New York City area. Apart from the shows she's done with First Stage and other Milwaukee children's theater, some of her favorite past roles include Rosalind in “As You Like It,” Ado Annie in “Oklahoma!” and recently, Natalya Stepanovna in Chekhov's “The Proposal.” She’s grateful for this opportunity to bring her back home!
Lindsey Gagliano LINDSEY L. GAGLIANO is proud to be an original company member of Kohl’s Wild Theater! 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 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, Massachusetts and is a freelance choreographer.
Emmitt Morgans EMMITT MORGANS is thrilled to be part of the KWT team! He would like to thank all of his fellow company members for their support and is looking forward to many fun performances ahead. Emmitt is a 2007 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Acting BFA program and has called Milwaukee home since September 2007. You may have seen him in shows with Skylight Music Theatre ('The Producers', 'Barber of Seville'), Bunny Gumbo (Combat Theatres 19-23), Goats & Monkeys ('Othello', 'Hamlet', 'Taming of the Shrew') or a few others! Allons-y!
Sherrick Robinson SHERRICK ROBINSON holds a BFA in Theater Performance from Nebraska Wesleyan University, but he’s glad to be back in his hometown of Milwaukee. He’s directed and acted in over a hundred productions. Some recent appearances include “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Hair,” “A Rising Wind,” “Rent,” and “Jungle Book.” He has also appeared at Miller Park as a Brew Crew member, and been a racing sausage. He is grateful for this opportunity to share the gift of theater with kids, and thanks his friends and family for their unwavering support.
Samantha Sostarich SAMANTHA SOSTARICH is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a BA as a Theatre Acting Specialist. Milwaukee credits include Prudie Cupp in “Pump Boys and Dinettes,” Kate Monster/Lucy U.S./Ensemble in “Avenue Q,” Celeste #2/Elaine in “Sunday in the Park with George,” Joan in “Dames At Sea,” Isabel in “Pirates of Penzance,” Ulla U.S./Usherette in “The Producers,” Rhoda in “White Christmas” with The Skylight Music Theatre, Fortuna in “Fortuna the Timebender vs. The School Girls of Doom” with The Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Miss Nelson U.S. in “Miss Nelson is Missing” with First Stage Children’s Theater, and Trixie in “A Cudahy Caroler's Christmas” with In Tandem Theatre. Samantha is proud to be one of the original workshop members of Kohl’s Wild Theater!
Jade Taylor JADE TAYLOR is glad to return to Kohl's Wild Theater for her third summer. She was part of the very first outreach season in 2011-2012. Jade is currently finishing her junior year at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and will graduate next spring with a BFA in Musical Theatre. She was recently in “Urinetown” the Musicaland “Italian American Reconciliation” at UWM. Jade is looking forward to another wonderful season of learning and fun at Kohl's Wild Theater.
Zach Thomas Woods ZACH THOMAS WOODS from Oconomowoc, Wis., graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2012 with a BFA in acting. He recently returned from Honolulu, Hawaii where he acted in and wrote several living history pieces at the Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives and appeared as a submariner on ABC’s “Last Resort.” On the mainland he appeared in “The Normal Heart” as Ned Weeks, “Jesus Christ Superstar” as Jesus, “Sunday in the Park with George” as George, and most recently in the Skylight Music Theatre’s production of “Les Miserables” and First Stage’s “Anatole.” In the summer of 2013 Woods also directed the world premiere of his original play, “Depth of Field.” This summer he is slated to appear in Skylight’s “Hair” and to direct Theatre on Main’s production of “Evita.”

 

CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM:


DAVE MCLELLAN (Theater Coordinator)
joined the Zoological Society in 2010 to begin development of Kohl’s Wild Theater. Since that time, Dave has directed 13 original plays and musicals for the Zoo, as well as many short skits and exhibit interactions. Prior to moving to Milwaukee, Dave spent a year working as a conservation educator for the Walt Disney Company in Orlando, Fla. Before moving to Florida, he was a company member and assistant director with the Wildlife Theater, performing regularly at the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo and Queens Zoo in New York City. Other selected theater credits include the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Ford’s Theater, Round House Theater, Imagination Stage, Surflight Theater, Capital Repertory Theatre, Cape Rep Theatre, and Universal Studios Florida. Dave now resides in Wauwatosa with his wife, Mary, and two children, Angela and Johnny.

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