Meet the Cast & Crew
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THE ACTING COMPANY:
GABRIELLA ASHLIN joined as a KWT company member in the summer of 2018. She received her BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. She was recently seen in “Disenchanted!” at Outskirts Theatre Company, “Coriolana” at Cooperative Performance, understudy for “Top Girls” at Renaissance Theatreworks, and reading stage directions of “The Surest Poison” as part of the Renaissance Theatreworks Br!nk series. She also acts as a house manager and teaching artist for several companies in Milwaukee.
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, Acacia Theater, Voices Found Repertory, Cooperative Performance, Original Practices, Morningstar Productions, The Box Theatre, SummerStage, and Quasimondo. She also teaches for 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!
JACKEY BOELKOW joined KWT as a company member in the summer of 2019. She holds her BFA in Musical Theater from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She also studied and performed with the Prague Shakespeare Company in the Czech Republic during the summer of 2017, where she played the role of Margaret in the European premiere of "The Death of Kings: Seize the Crown." Some of her other recent theater credits include "Julius Caesar" (Casca, Octavius, and others), "Company" (Marta), "The Comedy of Errors" (Adriana), and "The Secret Garden" (Martha).
GUINEVERE CASPER is a new addition to KWT in 2020. She holds a BA in Theatre (Musical Theatre) and English (Creative Writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She also studied with Open Jar Institute in New York and has worked administratively and on stage with Door Shakespeare in Baileys Harbor. Favorite acting credits include: "Julius Caesar" (Cassius), "Silent Sky" (Henrietta), "Legally Blonde" (Paulette), and "Mary Jane" (Mary Jane).
BRITTANY CURRAN joined KWT as a company member in 2016. She holds a BFA in Acting and a minor in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she currently works as a TA for the Theatre Department. 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, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, and Summit Players. In addition to her work as an actor, Brittany is also a teaching artist, director, writer, and 200-hour Certified Yoga Teacher.
JIM DONALDSON is a new addition to the KWT company as of this year. A Milwaukee native, Jim attended Marquette University, majoring in theater with an emphasis on performance. He has performed with numerous local community theaters, notably having spent most of 2016 at Waukesha Civic Theater. Currently, he can be found outside of the Zoo at Waukesha Civic Theater performing in their upcoming comedy "But Why Bump Off Barnaby" which runs from June 7th to the 23rd.
JONATHON GIDEON joined KWT as a company member in the summer of 2019. Jonathon holds a BA in music with a theatre minor from Concordia University Wisconsin. As an actor and singer, Jonathon has worked with Renaissance Theatreworks, First Stage, Milwaukee Entertainment Group, Outskirts Theatre Company, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. He also works as a game show host at Game Show Battle Rooms Milwaukee. In addition to acting, Jonathon works as a music director and composer.
KIMBERLY GIDDENS joined KWT as a company member in 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.
JACLYN JANOWSKI is a new addition to the KWT company as of the summer of 2021. Jaclyn is a graduate of the BFA Musical Theatre program at UW-Stevens Point, where her credits include "Heathers: The Musical," "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris" and "La Cage Aux Folles.” She was recently seen in Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival Showcase. Originally from the Milwaukee area, Jaclyn is so excited to be able to perform at the Zoo she grew up going to!
LOGAN MILWAY joined KWT as a company member in the 2019 season. Logan graduated Carthage College in 2017 with a BA in Theater (Directing) and Communication. He has performed in the Milwaukee area with First Stage Children's Theater, Optimist Theatre, The Constructivists, SummerStage of Delafield, Bard and Bourbon, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Cardinal Stritch with Arts@Large, and Lake Country Playhouse. Logan also works as a Teaching Artist and Assistant House Manager with First Stage.
ASHLEY OVIEDO is a recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, with a BFA in musical theater. She joined as a KWT company member during the spring of 2020. She has most recently been seen as Cecily in the virtual musical “Being Earnest” at Skylight Music Theatre, Anna in “The Green Room” Zoom selection performance with Round Earth Entertainment in association with RnD Productions, as Aquarius/Harper/Dana/Adia in “When We Were Stars” at Next Stage Theater, and as Maggie in the workshop reading of “The Mill on the Potomac” at First Flight Theater Company. She is also currently part of the workshop cast of “The Boy from Troy” at The Creative Co-Lab. She thanks her family for their never-ending support and love!
JORDYN STEWART joined KWT as a company member in 2017. Jordyn holds a BA in theater 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.
OLIVIA ROSE WALL is a new member of the KWT company this year! She is currently pursuing her BFA in Musical Theatre through Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She was last seen as Rosie the Riveter in “Songs of Work and Protest”. Other credits at Peck School of the Arts include: “Cymbeline,” ”Bonnie and Clyde,” and “Working”. She has a love for animals and is excited to perform with such an amazing company! Photo by Tom Otte Imaging
CREATIVE AND PRODUCTION TEAM:
ZACH THOMAS WOODS (Manager of Artistic Direction) holds a BFA in acting from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition to the 4 years he spent as a KWT company member, Woods has performed with Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage Children’s Theater, Skylight Music Theatre, and In Tandem Theater in such productions as “Great Expectations,” “Ernest in Love,” “Holes,” “Spookley the Square Pumpkin,” “Big Fish,” “Urintetown,” “Les Miserables” and “Hair!” Local directing credits include “Evita,” “The Miss Firecracker Contest,” “Death by Design,” “Arsenic and Old Lace” and “Julius Caesar.” As a playwright, Woods has been selected for Milwaukee Chamber Theatre’s Montgomery Davis Play Development Series and formally recognized by the Hawai‘i State Theater Council for his annual work on Hawaiian Mission Houses’ living history program, Cemetery Pupu Theatre, in Honolulu.
CHRISTOPHER ORTH (Theater Planning Assistant) holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University Wisconsin, focusing specifically on theater education. He has worked as a director, theater teacher and ballroom dance instructor for several local schools and fine arts companies including Falls Patio Players, Martin Luther High School, To the Pointe Fine Arts, and Above the Clouds Milwaukee. Chris has also served as a manager with Barnes & Noble Booksellers for the last seven years, working with in-store events and serving the community through the store’s business development program.
JO CHALHOUB (They/She) is a proud Queer, Lebanese-American, Milwaukee native that has lived and worked in the Madison area since 2010. They hold a minor in Theatre Arts from UW-Milwaukee and has worked on- and off-stage on over 70 productions with local community and professional companies, UW-Madison, and the Overture Center. Jo also works as a stage management mentor with various organizations and serves at the Deputy for Forward Theater’s Advisory Company. Jo is thrilled to start her first season with Kohl’s Wild Theater and strongly believes in its mission to educate, entertain, and bring about positive social change. When not working at Kohl’s Wild Theater, Jo independently contracts with other theater companies as a stage manager, production manager, artistic associate and fight choreographer.
NATASHA GOELLER joined KWT for their first season in 2021 as a stage manager. They have previously worked with the Princeton University Festival, Sudbrink Performance Academy, Waukesha Civic Theatre, Karitos Arts Conference, and Outskirts Theatre Co. In their free time, they drink coffee and work as a Game Show Host with Game Show Battle Rooms and Go Remote Go Game.
AMANDA HOUCHENS has a BFA in theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. This will be her second year with Kohl's Wild Theater, but her first as a stage manager. She is very excited to begin this new journey with the Kohl's Wild Theater team!
ALLYSON IMIG is a new addition to the KWT stage management team this year. She received a major in Theatre Arts and a minor in Fine Arts Administration from Carroll University. Allyson works in the Waukesha and Milwaukee area as not only a stage manager but also as a director and performer. Theatre companies she has worked with include Outskirts Theatre Co., Renaissance Theaterworks, Summerstage of Delafield, Sunset Playhouse, and The Box Theatre Co. She currently serves on the Artistic Team for Outskirts Theatre Co. and is an Events Manager for Summerstage of Delafield.
KIMBERLY LABERGE joined KWT as a stage manager in summer of 2019. She is currently pursuing her BA in Theatre Practices from UW-Milwaukee. She works throughout the greater Milwaukee theatre community as a stage manager, teaching artist, and director with groups including First Stage, the Milwaukee Rep, Forte Theatre Company, Fleeing Artists, and more. Additionally, Kimberly runs Gumption Theatre Works, a youth theatre company. She continues to work as a theater critic and publishes independently on her blog "The Drama Den: The Stage on a Page".
SAMUEL WILLIAMS is a new KWT member, and happy to jump in after taking a short hiatus from working in theater. He has previously worked with First Stage as assistant stage manager, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre and Chicago Shakespeare as a stage management intern, and Goodspeed Musicals in East Haddam, Connecticut, as the head of props run crew.
Playwrights and Composers
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- Tom Bebeau
- Chris Beimborn
- Erica Berman
- Brittany Curran
- Kelly Doherty
- Jonathan Ellers
- Paula Foley Tillen
- Jonathon Gideon
- Nicole Greevy
- Neil Haven
- Doug Jarecki
- Dave McLellan
- Brian Myers
- Ernie Nolan
- Arne Parrot
- Alvaro Saar Rios
- Brett Ryback
- Liz Shipe
- 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
- Don Ellingsen – Set Designer
- Chris Guse – Sound, Set, and Projection Designer
- Scott Hitz – Puppet Designer
- Amy Horst – Costume Designer
- Dan Katula – Puppet Designer
- Brandon Kirkham – Puppet Designer
- Alisa Kleckner – Puppet Designer
- Lyn Kream – Costume Designer
- Nikki Kulas – Puppet Designer
- Christopher Kurtz – Set Designer
- Anthony Lyons – Set Construction
- Kathryn Mooers – Costume Designer
- Jason Orlenko – Costume Designer
- Lisa Schlenker – Scenic Designer
- Christy Siebers – Costume Designer
- John Tanner – Sound Designer
- Kristian Wiborg – Assistant Projections Designer
- Maddy Yee – Props Designer