ANDREW BEEL is excited to make his Geva Theatre debut. Most recently, Andrew played James in James and the Giant Peach, Jr. at Barker Road Middle School. Other notable roles include Rabbi in 13: The Musical with A Magical Journey Through Stages, Peter Pan in the Pittsford Summer Enrichment production of Shrek the Musical Jr., and Knuckles in Bugsy Malone Jr. at BRMS. Andrew is thrilled to be working with the talented team at Geva. He would like to thank his voice teacher, Kelly Jordan, his dance teacher, Amanda Spriggs, and his family for all of their support.
CARLIE CLARCQ is incredibly excited to be making her Geva Theatre Center debut in To Kill A Mockingbird! Favorite credits include Pride and Prejudice (Mrs Bennet), Annie (Tessie), Fame (Serena), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania). Carlie was also a part of Geva Summer Academy 2015. She’d like to thank her family and friends for all their support.
KHALIL COATES attends the Ninth Grade Academy in Rush-Henrietta. He is a member of the chorus and the JV Swimming team. In his free time, he enjoys reading, video games, and watching movies. Past credits include the title role in Peter Pan and Sebastian in The Little Mermaid. Khalil is so grateful for this experience with the Geva team!
NORA COLE is glad to return to Geva Theatre Center so soon after Katherine’s Colored Lieutenant and Voices of the Spirits in My Soul, plays based on her Kentucky family WWII and slave history respectively. Ms. Cole will also be familiar to Geva audiences for her portrayal of Rheba in You Can’t Take it With You and Rose in Fences, numerous readings and has been a featured playwright in both the 2013 and 2014 Festival of New Theatre. Outstanding performance credits include Rinde Eckert’s two character chamber opera And God Created Great Whales (Obie Award, Drama League and Audelco Nominee) at the Culture Project (NYC) and other national and international venues. With director, George C. Wolfe, Ms. Cole’s credits include Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre in London; Jelly’s Last Jam on Broadway opposite Gregory Hines and the national tour opposite Maurice Hines; and On the Town on Broadway. Regional credits include On Golden Pond, Doubt, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, The Colored Museum, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Avenue X, I Have A Dream, Langston Hughes Ask Your Mama: 12’ Moods for Jazz with Hale Smith original score and WNYC’s Selected Shorts. Ms Cole’s first solo show, Olivia’s Opus, is an ode to adolescence. Voices was her second solo show (Audelco nominee.) She performed 15+ years with Vinnette Carroll’s Urban Arts Corp (NYC) and repertory company (Ft. Lauderdale). Productions included Your Arms Too Short to Box with God (Broadway, National & European tours), the title role in Medea, Boogie Woogie Rumble of a Dream Deferred (Theatre of Renewal Award), When Hell Freezes Over I’ll Skate (Kennedy Center). Television credits include “The Cosby Mystery Movie,” “All My Children,” “Loving,” “Another World,” “Guiding Light,” as well as numerous commercials and voice-overs. Ms. Cole received her B.F.A. at the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the recipient of the Actors Theatre of Louisville Women in Music Award, Spencer Cherashore Fund Individual Artist Grant, Joseph Jefferson and Connecticut Critics Award Nominee, a Hedgebrook alum, TCG/Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow and a Torch Bearer for Black Theatre passed from composer, Micki Grant.
ALDEN DUSERICK is honored to return to the Geva stage for this iconic role, where she has also played Want/Girl Cratchit and Tiny Tim in A Christmas Carol. Additional credits include the title role in Annie, Colin in The Secret Garden, Fiddler on the Roof, 101 Dalmatians, and more. Feature films include Designated Father as well as several short films and commercials. Thanks to Melissa Rain Anderson. Thanks to Geva and Mark Cuddy for this amazing opportunity!
SAWYER DUSERICK is thrilled to return to Geva where he has been in A Christmas Carol, The Music Man, and several Geva Fielding Stage productions. Other roles include Gavroche in Les Misérables, Walter Cunningham, Jr. in To Kill a Mockingbird – both at Bristol Valley Theatre; Oliver!, Merrily We Roll Along, HONK!, and more. Sawyer has enjoyed filming several movies and commercials as well and enjoys ski racing, tennis, and his dog, Ruby. Big thanks to Mark Cuddy and Geva!
ASHIRA FISCHER-WACHSPRESS is a freshman Drama major at School of the Arts. She is very grateful for this wonderful opportunity! In her free time, she enjoys playing softball and soccer, reading, and tap dancing. Past credits include The Sound of Music (Brigitta), Alice in Wonderland (Alice), Annie (Annie), Leap of Faith (Jamie), and Bugsy Malone (Blousy). She would like to thank her family and the creative team at Geva for being so wonderful and supportive!
HARRY FRANKLIN is thrilled to be performing at Geva! Harry regularly performs at STAGES in the Auditorium Center and at school. Favorite past shows include Tarzan (Professor Porter), 13 (Malcolm), Urinetown (McQueen), and junior versions of Legally Blonde (Kyle the UPS Guy), Into the Woods (Jack), and The Lion King (Timon). Harry would like to thank Mark Cuddy for providing him with this amazing opportunity and his family, friends, teachers, and directors for their support.
SKIP GREER serves as Artist in Residence and Director of Education at Geva Theatre Center. For Geva he has acted in Clybourne Park (Russ/Dan), You Can’t Take It With You (Paul Sycamore), Superior Donuts (Arthur Przybyszewski),The Music Man (Mayor Shinn), Evie’s Waltz (Clay), Hamlet (Ghost, Player King), 1776 (John Hancock), House and Garden (Giles), Art (Serge), Twelve Angry Men (Juror #1), A Girl’s Life (Ken), Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (Alexander), The Illusion (Alcandre), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Sagot) and State of the Union (Spike McManus). Directing credits at Geva include Last Gas; On Golden Pond; Over the Tavern; Almost, Maine; the world premiere of The House in Hydesville; American Buffalo; the world premiere of Key West; Death of a Salesman; Lobby Hero; Below the Belt; The Weir; Women Who Steal; Beast on the Moon; The Triumph of Love and Geometric Digression of the Species (for the 2000 Fielding Nextstage opening). Regional credits include seven seasons in the resident acting company of Sacramento Theatre Company, San Jose Repertory Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theatre, Utah Shakespeare Festival and Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts. Film and TV credits include “Bloodhounds,” “LA Law,” and “VR5.” Mr. Greer has toured Europe, Africa, Indonesia, New Zealand, Australia and the Cook Islands teaching and performing.
Sheriff Heck Tate
MUNSON HICKS is happy to return to Rochester, having previously appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, My Fair Lady, 1776, Twelve Angry Men, Death of a Salesman and Our Town. Broadway credits include twelve shows, most recently August: Osage County. Off-Broadway credits include at least 20 shows. Regional theatre credits are too numerous to mention, most recently the world premiere of Winnie Holzman’s new play, Choice, at the Huntington Theatre in Boston. Television and movies include the usual number of “Law & Orders,” as well as other TV series and a number of movies. He lives in Vermont with his wife, two dogs, and five chickens.
ELLEN HORST has performed throughout the U.S., Canada and London’s West End and is thrilled to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center. Buffalo credits include Sr. Aloysius in Doubt, Linda Loman in Death of a Salesman, Aunt Kate in James Joyce’s The Dead, Sr. Clarissa in Over the Tavern, Clara in Miracle on South Division Street, Costanza in Enchanted April, Secretary in Imagining Madoff, Bessie in Awake and Sing! (Artie Award for Outstanding Actress) and Gertie in 33 Variations. Regional favorites include My Fair Lady with Atlanta Theatre of the Stars (Mrs. Pearce), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Big Mama), Hal Prince’s Show Boat (Landlady/Parthy: Toronto, Broadway National Tour, West End), Sweeney Todd (Mrs. Lovett), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), Fiddler On The Roof (Golde), The Sound Of Music (Mother Abbess), Our Town (Mrs. Gibbs), and three seasons with the Stratford Festival in Canada. On television, she has appeared on “Law & Order: SVU” and “CI,” “The Campbells,” and the series of “Friday the Thirteenth.” Ms. Horst is a proud member of Actors Equity.
NICHOLAS FORD KINNEY
NICHOLAS FORD KINNEY is thrilled to be part of Geva’s To Kill a Mockingbird. He has been acting, singing and dancing on stage since age five, with some of his more recent roles including Kurt in The Sound of Music, The Cat In The Hat in Seussical!, Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, Evan Goldman in 13 the Musical. A ninth grader at Pittsford Sutherland High School, Nicholas is an avid cellist as a member of Hochstein Youth Symphony Orchestra, as well as being a sax player and Boy Scout leader. Nicholas would like to thank all of his friends and family that came to see him in this production and Geva Theatre Center for giving him this wonderful opportunity!
SALLIE KOENIG is delighted to be making her debut at Geva Theatre Center. As a theatre major at the College at Brockport, she has recently appeared as Selina in Loose Ends and as Eileen in The Cripple of Inishmaan. She directed the world premiere of Reston by L. Robert Westeen for Brockport’s Festival of Ten IX. She also studies journalism and works as a freelance writer for businesses and nonprofits around the country. Ms. Koenig wishes to thank her husband, Steven, for his constant love and support, and her cats for all the cuddles.
Jean Louise Finch
BRIGITT MARKUSFELD returns to the Geva Theatre Center stage after most recently appearing in Stranded on Earth, You Can’t Take It With You, Over the Tavern and one of her favorite roles as Miss Shields/Witch in A Christmas Story. Other Geva credits include Our Town, Smell of the Kill, House and Garden, The Wier, Stop Kiss, The Triumph of Love, A Girl’s Life, The Illusion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Comedy of Errors. Regional credits include Richard III and Rumors with the Sacramento Theatre Company, I Remember Mama at A.C.T., On the Verge at Marin Theatre Company, The Tempest and The Comedy of Errors at the Valley Shakespeare Festival, Way of the World and Blood Wedding at A Noise Within and The Taming of the Shrew and Country Wife at the Grove Shakespeare Festival. Ms. Markusfeld has also appeared in television and radio commercials. TV credits include “Picket Fences,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Tour of Duty,” and “Second Chances.” Ms. Markusfeld received her training at the American Conservatory of Theatre in San Francisco.
RILEY McGEARY is a sophomore at Pittsford Mendon High School and is excited to be a part of To Kill a Mockingbird. Riley is a Geva Summer Academy Alumni (Musical Theatre & Shakespeare). She has previously done shows with RAPA, Rochester Children’s Theatre, A Magical Journey Thru Stages and just played the role of Enid Hoopes in her school’s production of Legally Blonde. Riley is a member of the Roc City Singers, regional show choir. As one of Ben Cameron’s Rising Stars, she performed at the Laurie Beachman Theatre in NYC. Riley studies voice with Judith Ranaletta and acting with Ralph Meranto.
PHILIP MILLIGAN is thrilled to be making his Geva Theatre Center debut! Philip is an unschooled student from Perinton and a 2014 alum of the Geva Theatre Summer Academy. Most recently he has be on stage as the Baker in Our Lady of Mercy’s production of Into the Woods, Big Deal in West Side Story at RAPA and Stanley in Brighton Beach Memoirs through the Young Open and Honest Players. When he is not performing, Philip can be found singing and dancing his heart out in Roc City Singers or teaching Taekwondo at Master Kim’s Taekwondo Institute in Penfield. He would like to thank his loving and supportive family, Master Kim, Judith Ranaletta, and the amazing cast and crew of To Kill a Mockingbird.
EMMA MORRISON is thrilled to be performing on the Wilson Stage after participating in Geva Theatre Center’s Summer Academy program. Some favorite past roles include Deanie Loomis in Splendor in the Grass, Stage Manager in Our Town, and Wendy in Peter Pan, Jr. Emma can be seen in the upcoming independent films: Message in a Bottle – 2015 (Emily) and S.T.A.R. (Katie).
ERIN MUELLER is thrilled to be returning to Geva Theatre Center for her seventh show. Previous roles at Geva include five seasons of A Christmas Carol (as Fan this past Christmas, Girl Cratchit in 2014 and three years as Tiny Tim.) She also played Peaseblossom in Geva’s 2011 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Erin plays volleyball for VolleyFX U12 club and is an honorary member of the Webster Schroeder Varsity Volleyball team. She is nine years old and is in fourth grade at State Road School in Webster. Erin is grateful to her siblings, Johnathan, Kyle and Megan who introduced her to the Geva experience and to her sisters, Lauren, Emily and Allie for their constant support and patience.
LORENZO SHAWN PARNELL
LORENZO SHAWN PARNELL is making his debut performance with Geva Theatre Center. He was most recently seen in Violet (Flick) at Blackfriars Theatre, Singin’ in the Rain (Production Tenor) at Lancaster Opera House, and Guy and Dolls (Nicely-Nicely Johnson) in concert at the Rockerfeller Arts Center. He currently works as the lead vocalist in Twilight Entertainment. He will also be in JCC’s CenterStage production of Ain’t Misbehavin later this spring. He has a B.A. from SUNY Fredonia. Lorenzo would like to thank the School of the Arts faculty for being constant mentors, and his friends and family for all their support they have shown through his theatre endeavors.
ISA REESE is lucky to say that this show is her eighth onstage performance. She has been in other productions such as The Music Man, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Hairspray, and even Geva Summer academy’s production of “Welcome to the Renaissance”. Doing this performance had been an amazing and unforgettable experience. To explore such a beautiful and timeless story has been wonderful.
SEAN PATRICK REILLY
Mr. Gilmer/Boo Radley
SEAN PATRICK REILLY returns to Geva having played Mike in Good People, Father Flynn in Doubt and Teach in American Buffalo. Broadway credits include Martin McDonough’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Tracy Letts’ Superior Donuts. Off-Broadway credits include Signature Theatre, The Atlantic Theatre, Playwrights Horizons, Soho Rep., Second Stage, HERE, and The Public Theatre, among many. Recent regional credits include Salieri in Amadeus (Theatre Squared), Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross (Alley Theatre), Curley in Of Mice And Men (Westport Playhouse), Bill Wilson in Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Cleveland Play House) and Louis in The Front Page (Williamstown Theatre Festival) as well as work at Trinity Rep., Dallas Theatre Center, Penguin Rep., Shadowland Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights, Edinburgh Festival and Royal Shakespeare Company. Numerous film and television roles in Sleepers, Following Bliss, Howl, I Believe in America, and A Wife Alone (shot in Rochester); “Blue Bloods,” “The Black Donnellys,” “Damages,” and four seasons on “Law & Order.” He studied acting with Sanford Meisner, Robert Lewis, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen. He is a graduate of The Practical Aesthetics Workshop (with David Mamet and William H. Macy at the Atlantic), The Neighborhood Playhouse and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
Walter Cunningham/Judge Taylor
ROBERT RUTLAND was most recently seen at Geva Theatre Center in The Odd Couple; also A Midsummer Night’s Dream, You Can’t Take It With You, Amadeus, Pride And Prejudice, Inherit The Wind, and more, including the production of To Kill A Mockingbird done here 20 years ago. Mr. Rutland served seven years as Education Director and Actor-in-Residence at Buffalo’s Studio Arena Theatre, where he performed in How I Learned to Drive, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof, City of Light, The Mystery of Irma Vep, While We Were Bowling and more. Last summer, Mr. Rutland performed The Gin Game at Nantucket’s White Heron Theatre, with friend and Geva favorite, Peggy Cosgrave.
Mr. Radley/Bob Ewell
REMI SANDRI is thrilled to be back at Geva Theatre Center for To Kill a Mockingbird. His previous shows here include A Christmas Carol, Wait Until Dark, The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, My Fair Lady, Twelve Angry Men, The Importance of Being Earnest, House and Garden, A Chorus Line, Camelot, 1776 and A Christmas Story, among others. Mr. Sandri has worked at theatres throughout the country. His most recent work includes Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Clybourne Park at Cleveland Play House, 1776 at Cape Cod Playhouse, Abigail’s Party at San Francisco Playhouse, Clybourne Park for Barrington Stage Company, Dorset Theatre Festival and workshopping Rajiv Joseph’s newest play. TV Credits include “Law & Order,” “Conviction” and “Deadline.”
DAVID SHAKES returns to the Geva Theatre Center’s Wilson Stage where he last performed in the theatre’s 2010 production of Two Trains Running, 1986 groundbreaking production of Fences, Slow Drag in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, A Raisin in the Sun, and Member of the Wedding. Mr. Shakes was one of the founding members of the Spirit House Movers and Players, a prominent theatre company that presented plays and performed poetry throughout the country, under the direction of Amiri Baraka. He also worked and studied with dramatists and authors including Haki Mdabuti, Woodie King, Jr, and Yusef Iman. A longtime resident of Rochester, Mr. Shakes has appeared with Blackfriars, RAPA, JCC CenterStage, Downstairs Cabaret Theatre, Shipping Dock and Rochester Community Players as actor, guest artist, director and producer. He founded the Village Theatre where he acted, directed and produced plays. He studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and earned his B.S. in Communications at Empire State College and a M.S.W. at Syracuse University. He is a much sought after historic interpreter and a retired Rochester City School District social worker. Currently, he is artistic director of the North Star Players.