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): Marcus Beyer (with shark puppet), J.T. Backes (wearing polar bear hat), Emmitt Morgans, Sherrick Robinson (with orangutan puppet) Dave McLellan, Libby Amato (with gar-fish puppet), Samantha Sostarich (with bonobo puppet), Jade Taylor, Susie Duecker (with shark puppet), Megan Kaminsky (with gar-fish puppet), Lindsey Gagliano, James Carrington (with bird puppet) and Zach Thomas Woods (with penguin puppet).



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.
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.
Liz Faraglia LIZ FARAGLIA is thrilled to join Kohl's Wild Theater! Liz is a 2013 graduate of 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 very excited for the short film she starred in, The Harpist, which will appear in the 2014 Milwaukee Film Festival!
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!
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.”



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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