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:
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 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.
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 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!
NICK NARCISI joined KWT as a company member in 2016. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a BFA in Acting. After graduation, Nick moved to Milwaukee to become an Emerging Professional Resident at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater. At the Rep, Nick performed in "after all the terrible things I do…", "A Christmas Carol," and "RepLab." He also understudied tracks in "Harvey," "Five Presidents," and "Peter and the Starcatcher." He has performed regionally with the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Theatre in the Park, and Theatre Red.
KARA PENROSE joined KWT as a company member in 2016. She received her BA in theatre from California State University East Bay. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she is a recent Milwaukee transplant. Locally she was seen in the 2015 Pink Banana One Acts. In addition to performing, Kara is also a fight director. As a certified stage combatant and an associate instructor with Dueling Arts International, she teaches and choreographs staged combat. Most recently she worked as the fight director for Umbrella Group's production of "Extremities."
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. She is passionate about instilling a love of the arts in young minds. LeAnn has been involved with Dominican High School’s summer theater camp since 2005, starting as a camper and eventually becoming a music instructor, which has been her role for the past six years.
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