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.
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.
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.
REVA FOX (Theater Production Supervisor) is a director, actor, and educator in Milwaukee. She holds an MFA in Directing from Indiana University. 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 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. Thanks always to A and N for their support, humor and love of animals!
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.
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!
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".
TERESA MCCARTHY started working with KWT in October 2015 after graduating from Carthage College with a degree in theater and a minor in business, Teresa also works in the Milwaukee area as a stage manager and sound designer. Her most recent companies include Skylight Music Theatre where she is the production coordinator and assistant stage manager, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Bard and Bourbon, In Tandem, and Next Act.
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.
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
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- 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