Bruce French has performed Off-Broadway, at the Ahmanson Theatre and Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, at the Seattle Rep., South Coast Rep., and San Jose Rep. He has been in dozens of films and TV shows most recently “Mad Men,” “NCIS,” and “Criminal Minds.” He has been a member of the Pacific Resident Theatre in L. A. for more than fifteen years. During that time he played, among others, Chris, the drunken father in Anna Christie, Tobias in A Delicate Balance and Andrew Crocker-Harris in The Browning Version, for which he was given the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the L.A. Drama Critics Circle award for lead performance. He is married to the lovely and talented Eileen Barnett and keeps company with their several dogs. He thanks Pesha for the opportunity to be a part of this reading and to everyone connected with it for their hospitality. He was born in Iowa.
Kate Berry returns to Local Lab after appearing in the 2014 reading of Faith, by James McLindon. Since moving to Colorado from Chicago in 2009, she has appeared at the Arvada Center, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Curious Theatre Company, Theatreworks, and the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center. She makes her home in Creede, Colorado, where this summer she will spend her 6th season in the acting company at the Creede Repertory Theatre. She can currently be seen in Lake Dillon Theatre Company's production of Dancing Lessons, by Mark St. Germain, running through the end of March. Member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.
Christy Brandt is thrilled to be working at the Local for the first time. Her artistic home has been at the Creede Repertory Theatre for the last 41 years and she has appeared at the Arvada Center three times in Creede Theatre shows. Some of her favorite productions include, The Last Romance, The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild, The Language of Trees and The Road To Mecca, for which she was named “best actress in a drama, 2011” by the Denver Post. A few of her other favorite roles at CRT include Kimberly in Kimberly Akimbo, Nora in A Doll’s House, Kate in The Cripple Of Inishman, Meg in Crimes of the Heart, Virginia in Three Viewings, Marjorie in This Day and Age, Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Bunny Flingus in The House of Blue Leaves, and Princess Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress. She co-authored and performed in Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know, a musical that ran for over two decades across the country and she has appeared in Ang Lee’s Ride With The Devil, and a recent Indie film called The Sublime and Beautiful. She has worked at the Coterie Theater in Kansas City, and the South Carolina Repertory Theater, but CRT has been her professional home since 1973. She and her husband John Gary Brown, CRT photographer and well known professional artist, live in Lawrence Kansas in the winter and Creede Colorado in the summer.
Laurence A. Curry is happy to be making his first appearance with Local Lab in The Rape of the Sabine Women. Theatre recent: All The Way (Denver Center Theat Co.) Marcus or the Secret of Sweet, Red and Brown Water, and The Brother Size (Curious Theat Co.) Tarzan (Arvada Center). Film recent : Assassins Code, Asteroid, Strange Land. Mr. Curry is an accomplished Dancer/Choreographer. 2015 True West Award recipient for his choreography on the first ever High School Production of Spring Awakening (DSA), and artistry in "Marcus.." at Curious.
John DiAntonio is thrilled to be a part of LOCAL Lab. He’s the Associate Artistic Director of Creede Repertory Theatre. Acting credits include: August: Osage County, Hope & Gravity, and Taming of the Shrew (CRT), The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center), The Liar and It’s a Wonderful Life (Theatreworks), Good on Paper and Is He Dead? (Arvada Center), Othello and A Christmas Carol (Denver Center), Henry V (Shakespeare Orange County). John’s written several plays. His newest, Kind of Red, premiers at Creede Rep this summer. John received his MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory. www.johndiantonio.com
Mehry Eslaminia is a Denver based actress whose credits include Denver Center for the Performing Arts: Appoggiatura (Kate/Musician), A Christmas Carol, Colorado New Play Summit's Holy Laughter and Midwinter. Creede Repertory Theatre: Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), August: Osage County (Johnna), Our Town (Mrs. Soames), Good on Paper (Sandy), youth outreach tours ¡Viva Agua!, MATH-stronaut. @mehryiris
Rachel Fowler's Colorado stage credits include ELIJAH with LOCAL; ALL MY SONS (Denver Post Ovation Award), THE MIRACLE WORKER at the Denver Center; RABBIT HOLE (Denver Post Ovation Award) and BECKY SHAW at Curious Theatre; THE LION IN WINTER and TWELFTH NIGHT at the Arvada Center; NOISES OFF at Colorado Shakespeare; and TOMORROW IN THE BATTLE and THE MYSTERIOUS MR. LOVE at the Grant-Humphreys Mansion, which she also produced. Rachel has worked at many other regional theatres including Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, Playmakers Rep, Shakespeare Santa Cruz and The Old Globe. She has produced two off-Broadway plays-- CLOUD 9 and THE PAGANS in New York City--and co-founded The Mile Square Theatre in Hoboken, NJ. Rachel received the 2012 Culture West "Best Season by An Actress" Award as well as the 2013 Culture West "Best Supporting Actress" Award.
Ilasiea Gray is very excited to participate in TONE with LOCAL! She holds a BFA in Theatre, Film & Television and enjoys performing in all of these mediums. She especially loves educational performance and has toured with Kaiser Permanente’s Theatre Education program, is a role-play actor for law enforcement training, and a standardized patient actor for medical students. In addition to performing she loves working with kids and is a children’s theatre director, acting coach and Teaching Artist for DCPA. Theatre credits include: Aurora Fox, DCPA Theatre Co., Vintage Theatre, and upcoming, Stuart Little with Inspire Creative premiering next month.
John Green has appeared on stages across the U.S., Scandinavia and Western Europe. In Chicago, he was twice nominated for and won the Jeff Award for Bob Falls' production of Of Mice and Men at Wisdom Bridge. Featured roles in TV include All My Children, One Life to Live, Early Edition, The Untouchables, as well as several made-for-TV movies. John is a writer-in-residence with Chicago Dramatists and his plays have been produced in New York, Chicago, regional theaters and Paris. His Jeff Award winning play, The Liquid Moon, opened to rave reviews at Chicago Dramatists and published in New Plays From Chicago. It was subsequently produced at Bloomington Playwright's and The Barter Theatre in Virginia, where it was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in literature.
Emily K. Harrison is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Boulder-based, award-winning square product theatre. She can’t wait for you to tell her that you’ve never heard of that theatre company. Recent acting credits include: Li’l Bit in How I Learned to Drive; Ham Jones in Ham McBeth (co-creator); Tiger in SLAB (co-writer); Peggy Jo Tallas in Peggy Jo & the Desolate Nothing (co-creator); Heather in Gidion’s Knot; Natalie in The Ding Dongs; and Dale in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche. Emily also teaches theatre courses at CU Boulder and serves as the Director of Boulder Arts Week. emilykharrison.com
GerRee Hinshaw is a writer, actor and singer who resisted the use of emojis until just last year and now overuses that dancing chick. She has a special place in her heart for new-work development and is excited to join LOCAL in the Lab for TONE. GerRee is also the host of Freak Train, a zany "open stage" held the last Monday of every month, now in its 16th year, at the Bug Theatre in northwest Denver.
Lilli Hokama, a Denver native, is thrilled to be a part of the LOCAL Lab New Play Festival this season. Since graduating from the University of Evansville, Lilli has been fortunate to work with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival’s Educational Outreach Program and will join them for their 2016 season this summer. Her Denver credits include Scheherazade in The Arabian Nights and Agnes in She Kills Monsters at the Aurora Fox. And she was in a one woman show, Foundations, presented as a part of TEA’s, Coming To America. Infinite love and gratitude to her astounding friends and family. It is by their immeasurable support that she can pursue her dreams so intently--thank you.
Steven Cole Hughes is an actor, playwright and currently the Visiting Professor of Theatre at Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO. As an actor, he has appeared at The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Creede Repertory Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Curious Theatre Company, Arvada Center, and Theatreworks. As a playwright, he won the 2008 Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Work for Billy Hell; and his new play A Good Indian was read at the inaugural Elitch Theatre Festival in 2015. He is a proud graduate of the National Theatre Conservatory.
Luciann Lajoie is a Denver-based actor and writer who has performed locally with companies like Denver Center, Paragon, and The Aurora Fox. Her first play, Date*, was curated with DCPA’s Off-Center in 2012, and has toured to places like The Long Center in Austin, TX and The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Last year she started The Theatre Group at Brookdale Parkplace, and she’s pursuing Creativity & Aging Study with support from DU’s Knoebel Center for Healthy Aging. Luciann holds an MFA in Acting from FSU/The Asolo Conservatory and an MSc in Mental Health from Kings College London.
Rodney Lizcano has appeared in regional theaters across the country with most notable appearances with the Denver Center Theatre Company (13 seasons), Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Arvada Center, Theatre Aspen, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, The Open Stage, Stories on Stage, and Off-Broadway with Actors Ensemble Theatre and DreamScape Theatre Company. Film and TV credits: Silver City directed by independent filmmaker John Sayles and "Stage Struck" for the Bravo Network. Training: Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and the National Theatre Conservatory.
Eric Lockley is a NYC-based actor, writer and producer. Recent acting credits include Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy at the Studio Theatre in DC, How We Got On at Cleveland Playhouse, Game On at the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta and black odyssey at the Denver Center Theater. New York stage credits include The Colored Museum, Hope Speaks, Holes, CATO and The Winter’s Tale. Lockley will be featured in upcoming films Assisted Living starring Olympia Dukakis and Macy Gray, and Knockout Game. Additionally Eric has written, produced and will be featured in his own short film, The Jump, which will begin hitting the film festival circuit in the summer. www.ericlockley.com
Adeline Mann is a theatre artist based in Denver. A Colorado native, Adeline graduated from the University of Denver's Department of Theatre with a distinction in Acting and has been performing and producing regionally since. In August, she travelled to Scotland to perform in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Adeline currently serves as Artistic Development Director for The Wit Theatre Company. Recent Credits: American Idiot (Regional Premiere, Ignite Theatre), Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Eurydice (The Wit), Singin' in the Rain (Inspire Creative), The Nina Variations (DU and Edinburgh Fringe)Upcoming Projects: Athena Project Plays in Progress (dramaturg/asst. director), Romeo and Juliet (The Wit).
Lindsey Pierce has been working, learning and playing on Colorado stages for 17 years. She most recently played "QZ" in Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company's The Few. She also had the great pleasure of playing "Wren" in Five Lesbians Eating a Quiche for both Square Product Theatre and The Avenue Theatre. Some of her other favorite roles include "Lois" in Wonder of the World at Miners Alley Playhouse, "Portia" in The Merchant of Venice for No Holds Bard, and "Mary Cassatt" in Morisot Reclining for BETC. She is thrilled to get to play with LOCAL Theatre Company this year!
Annabel Reader is a costume designer and professional stilt performer, her costume designs include two and four legged stilt creatures for EyeSoar Performance, Fiddler on the Roof (Arizona Broadway Theatre), Faith (Local Theatre), Spirits to Enforce, A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, Mr Burns, Failure a Love story, Jon, The Messenger, The Three Faces of Dr Crippen (The Catamounts), Fully Committed, Peter and the Starcatcher, Wardrobe supervisor 2012-14 (Theatre Aspen), The Flick, Detroit (Curious Theatre), Dusk, Follow (Hannah Khan Dance), Skin, Sum of your Parts (Evolving Doors Dance), Even Though (Apex Dance), Moons of Jupiter (Naropa University), Frequent Flyers, 3rd Law Dance, 2013-15 Denver School of the Arts dance productions, Annabel was Assistant Director on OPC (American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge) and prior to moving to the US she performed as a contemporary dancer in New Zealand and Europe and was an Orc in Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Hunter Ringsmith is thrilled to be a part the LOCAL Lab New Play Festival! You can catch him later this summer at Colorado Shakespeare Festival in “Equivocation,” “Cymbeline,” and “Henry VI pt. 2." Other Credits: "Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure" (Lake Dillon Theatre Company); "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Merchant of Venice" (Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre) "Fiddler on the Roof" and "Much Ado About Nothing" (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); "Macbeth" and "Twelfth Night" (Great River Shakespeare Festival); "Gross Indecency" and "A Man of No Importance" (Red House Arts Center); A Christmas Carol (The Dallas Theater Center); and "I Remember Mama" and "Children of Eden" (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre). BFA: Southern Methodist University. Thanks to friends and family for their love and light! www.hunterringsmith.com
Mackenzie Sherburne is thrilled to be a part of this project! Locally, she has worked at The Denver Center, Curious Theatre, Local Theatre, The Catamounts, TheatreWorks, OffCenter, Littleton Town Hall Arts Center, Parker Arts Center and Backstage Theatre in Breckenridge. Most recently she took part in an immersive theatre workshop with Third Rail and The Denver Center at the Colorado New Play Summit and played Vera Rubin at the Fiske Planetarium. She holds a BFA in Theatre from NYU.
Peter Trinh is excited to work with Local Theatre Co. Most recent credits include Arabian Nights with The Aurora Fox, as well as writing and performing in the solo production of Boat Person with Theatre Esprit Asia. You can see Peter featured in the new local short film, Headlong. Love to Lena, Sage, and Paxton.
Graham Ward’s Denver credits include Jeffrey in Mrs. Mannerly, Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby, Dr. Sanderson in Harvey, and Sergeant Trotter in The Mousetrap (Arvada Center for the Arts), and Clown 2 in The 39 Steps (Lone Tree Arts Center). Other regional credits include Guys & Dolls, Our Town, The Liar, Hope and Gravity, Annie Get Your Gun, William Shakespeare’s Land of the Dead, Around the World in 80 Days, Harry the Great, and Is He Dead? (Creede Repertory Theatre). He is a member of the improvisational comedy troupe Boomtown and a co-creator of Pants on Fire: A Totally Made-Up Show for Kids (Creede Repertory Theatre). Graham is from Boston, Massachusetts with a BFA in Acting from Brigham Young University.
Caitlin Wise is thrilled be a part of the LOCAL Lab readings for the first time. Recent credits include: Our Town, Hope and Gravity, Harry the Great, Unnecessary Farce, and Fools at CRT. In NYC: Flirtation (Marvel Rep) and In Loco Parentis (ART/NY). With the DCTC: Tom Sawyer, Midsummer, Christmas Carol, Dracula, and Othello. At the Arvada Center The Importance of Being Earnest, Around the World in 80 Days, and Is He Dead. At Theatreworks, The Liar. At CSF: Much Ado About Nothing and To Kill A Mockingbird. Caitlin received an MFA in acting from The National Theatre Conservatory.
Ilasiea Gray is excited to be the Casting Associate for LOCAL Theater Company. She has worked in casting for quite some time with Sylvia Gregory Casting, and has credits on commercials, industrials, film, and recently cast her first world premier musical last year. In addition to casting, Ilasiea is also an actress and holds a BFA in Theatre, Film and Television. She enjoys doing theatre, on camera work and educational performance. Theater companies she has worked for in Denver include DCPA Theatre Company, Aurora Fox, Inspire Creative, Vintage Theatre Productions and Afterthought Theatre Company. She also toured with Kaiser Permenante’s Theater Education Program, and currently tours with CYT, is a role-play actor for Law Enforcement Training, and a Standardized Patient Educator actor.When not casting or performing you can find Ilasiea working with kids all around town. She is a Teaching Artist at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, directs children’s theatre at numerous elementary schools through KidStage, coaches child actors and teaches kids workshops for companies in Denver. Ilasiea is passionate about the arts and education, and is thrilled to be a part of shining light on wonderful artists and powerful new works with LOCAL.
* Includes access to all shows, workshops and parties (plus free food and drinks).