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.
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!
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.
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:
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, Moon Over Buffalo, and Arsenic and Old Lace. As a playwright, Woods has been 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!
CHRIS ORTH (Theater Planning Assistant) Christopher Orth is new to KWT, joining in December 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University Wisconsin, focusing specifically on theater education. He has worked as a director and theater teacher for several local schools and fine arts companies including 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. While not having appeared on stage since college, Chris looks forward to getting back on the stage as well as continuing his directing, teaching and backstage work.
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.
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