Meet the Cast & Crew
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THE ACTING COMPANY:
Gabriella Ashlin joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She is a graduate of UW-Parkside. Her most recent work was at Renaissance Theatre Works as an acting intern for “Top Girls” (Dull Gret, Jeanine U/S). She was the Director for a staged reading of “Other Desert Cities” at UW-Parkside. Her acting credits include “Angels in America” (Harper, Martin Heller), “A Streetcar Named Desire” (Eunice Hubbell), “A Christmas Carol: On the Air” (Belle, Ensemble), “The Government Inspector” (Judge), and “Almost, Maine” (U/S, Ensemble).
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.
Kimberly Giddens joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. Originally from Connecticut, she holds an MFA in Theater from Savannah College of Art and Design and a BM in musical theater from the University of Southern Maine. Kim spent the 2017-18 season as an Emerging Professional Resident at Milwaukee Repertory Theater where she appeared in “Guys & Dolls,” “A Christmas Carol,” and “Our Town.” In addition to performing, Kim has worked as a wig designer, costume designer, and stage manager for theaters in Oregon, Utah, New York, and Connecticut.
Rose Grizzell joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She is a graduate of Carthage College where she studied theatre performance. Rose also enjoys playing the harp,singing, painting, and is currently doing tech work for The Rave and Skylight Music Theatre. In addition to KWT, she is also a member of the musical improv comedy group, Bardprov: A Band of Yes And!
Jarrod Langwinski joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. A native of Kenosha, WI, Jarrod recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with a Theatre Arts Major/Acting Concentration, having performed in roles such as Louis from “Angels in America”, Sganarelle in “Don Juan”, Father in “Eurydice”, and George Tesman in “Hedda Gabler.” He has also recently performed in Shakespeare Project of Chicago’s reading of “Much Ado About Nothing”, and has done technical work for The Fireside Theatre in Ft. Atkinson and the Utah Festival Opera House.
Abbi Minessale joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a BFA in acting and a minor in technical theatre. Locally she has worked as a teaching artist and performer at First Stage. Most Recent out-of-state credits include “I and You” (Caroline), “Pride and Prejudice” (Mrs. Gardiner), “Into the Woods” (Rapunzel), and most recently a collection of one man shows titled “You, Me, and That Thing over There.”
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!
Michael Nicholas joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. He is an actor and writer from Palatine, IL. He recently graduated from Marquette University, where he majored in Theatre Arts and minored in Communication Studies. Past roles at Marquette include Pericles in “Pericles: Prince of Tyre,” Moonface Martin in “Anything Goes” and George Antrobus in “The Skin of Our Teeth.” Some of Michael’s favorite things include eating sandwiches, playing the ukulele, and making cringe-worthy puns. When he’s not onstage at KWT, you can find him traversing the state parks of Wisconsin with Summit Players Theatre.
Gage Patterson joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. He is a graduate of Carthage College, where he earned his BA in Music Theatre. He has been seen in “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” at Three Brothers Theatre, “Liberators: An American Musical” at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival 2018, “Survivor Story” with Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company, and worked on “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” with First Stage Children's Theatre in Milwaukee.
Solana Ramirez-Garcia joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She is a UW-Milwaukee alum with a BFA in Music Theatre. Past work includes The Constructivists' “Gruesome Playground Injuries” (Kayleen) & working at Milwaukee theatres such as Milwaukee Opera Theatre, First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, and Theatre Red.
Lauren Sagendorph joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. In addition to performing, Lauren is also a playwright, educator, and a certified yoga instructor. She graduated from Indiana University in 2016 and has been living and working in Milwaukee since.
Robert Torres joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. He moved to Wisconsin from Virginia in August 2017 to take part in a fellowship at First Stage where he stage managed for the Young Company and understudied “Antarctica, WI.” He received his BA from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise where he stage managed for “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” and performed in many other productions including: “Angels in America,” “Cloud 9,” and “Eurydice.”
Jordyn Stewart joined KWT as a company member in 2017. Jordyn holds a BA in theatre with a minor in Film Studies from Knox College. She is currently performing as Goldie in bug in a rug Children’s Theater’s production of “Hansel and Goldie” and as Jo March in SummerStage’s production of “Little Women.” Other favorite acting credits include “Almost, Maine” and “For Purely Elfish Reasons" at Waukesha Civic Theater. She teaches drama classes at Sunset Playhouse, coaches Forensics and Drama Club at Kettle Moraine High School, and instructs private acting lessons.
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM:
REVA FOX (Kohl’s Wild Theater Production Stage Manager) is a director, actor, and educator in Milwaukee. Directing credits include: “Merry Wives of Windsor” for Bard & Bourbon, “Lion King Kids” for Summit View Elementary, “Working” for First Stage Summer Company Class, “The Trial of FDR” for the Holocaust Education Center, “Top Secret”, for Soul Food at Madison’s Forward Theatre, “The Smell of the Kill” for Renaissance Theatreworks and “Combat Theatre” for The Bunny Gumbo Theatre. Recent acting credits include for Ellen in the “Endurance of Light” for RTW’s Brink Series, Magistress in “Wayward Women” for Theatre Red, Peter Quince in “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Lady Capulet/Watch in “Romeo and Juliet,” Beatrice in “Much Ado about Nothing,” Polonius/Horation in “Hamlet,” all for Bard and Bourbon; Linda in “Death of a Salesman” for Imagination Theatre; Banquo in “Macbeth” for Soulstice; Risa in “Any Given Monday” for Pink Banana; Gladys in “Parts of Speech” for RTW’s Brink Series; Penelope in “The Penelopiad” for Luminous Theatre; and Lane in “Bullet Proof Heart” at the Walker’s Point Center for the Arts. Love thanks always to A and N for their support, humor and love of animals!
KYLE NORRIS (Administrative Assistant) is a stage manager by trade and has worked for Kohl’s Wild Theater since spring 2017. He has had the pleasure of working not only with local theater/arts organizations but many other companies across the country throughout his 12-year career. Some of those companies are: UWM’s Dance Department, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Tulsa Repertory Musicals, Arizona Opera, Sarasota Opera, Nashville Opera, Dallas’ Theater Three and Dallas’ Uptown Players. He also had the pleasure of working six summers with The Santa Fe Opera in the orchestra/production services department. "No matter what you do in your life, take it as a learning experience and build upon it."
Caitlyn Birmingham joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She is a Theater Arts and Digital Media major at Marquette University. She is going into her junior year and is focusing on production and stage management. Caitlyn has worked on multiple shows at Marquette including, “Fancy Nancy: The Musical”, “Anything Goes”, “Working: A Musical”, and “A Year with Frog and Toad.”
TERESA MCCARTHY works in the Milwaukee area as a stage manager and sound designer. After graduating from Carthage College in May 2015 with a degree in theater and a minor in business, she started working with KWT in October 2015. Her most recent companies include Shawnee Summer Theatre, Bard and Bourbon, In Tandem, Next Act, and Skylight Music Theatre.
JENA TOLKSDORF holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, majoring in Theatre with a Design & Technical emphasis. While in school she was a part of many university productions and has been a stage manager for the past three summers with Music Theatre at St Norbert College. Upon moving to Milwaukee, Jena has worked as a stage management intern for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s production of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune.” Jena is excited to be working with KWT and to be starting her professional career in the Milwaukee area.
Bailey Wegner joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. She works as Production Manager at Renaissance Theaterworks, as well as Assistant Production Manager at Milwaukee Chamber Theatre. She has worked as a stage manager with Renaissance, Chamber, and as a student while at UW Milwaukee. In addition to these, she has also completed a practicum with Theatre Bonn, Germany. She has a BFA in Theatre from UW Milwaukee.
Veronica Zahn joined KWT as a company member in summer 2018. This is her fourth season as a theatre artist in Milwaukee, working mostly in stage management. She has been on the teams at Renaissance Theaterworks, Next Act, Theatre Gigante, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, UWM Dance, Acacia Theatre, and Windfall Theatre and has mentored stage managers at MYT, Concordia, and Carthage. Veronica has aBA in Theatre Arts fromBethel College and anMFA in Stage Management fromWayne State University.
Playwrights and Composers
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- Chris Beimborn
- Kelly Doherty
- Jonathan Ellers
- Nicole Greevy
- Neil Haven
- Doug Jarecki
- Dave McLellan
- Brian Myers
- Ernie Nolan
- Alvaro Saar Rios
- John Tanner
- Melanie Wehrmacher
- Zach Thomas Woods
- Matt Zembrowski
Click on the names below to learn more about the designers.
- Steve Barnes – Set/Props Designer
- Andrea Bouck – Costume Designer
- Eleanor Cotey – Costume Designer
- Chris Guse – Sound, Set, and Projection Designer
- Scott Hitz – Puppet Designer
- Dan Katula – Puppet Designer
- Brandon Kirkham – Puppet Designer
- Jason Orlenko – Costume Designer
- Christy Siebers – Costume Designer
- John Tanner – Sound Designer