The Company of C.!
BEAR BRUMMEL (CHORUS BOY, A CADET) is humbled to be joining Theater Latté Da for the world premiere of C. after working previously on NEXT: New Musicals in the Making. Since graduating with a BFA in Acting from the University of Minnesota in the Guthrie Actor Training Program, his credits include two years as Fred in A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater), Mike in A Lie of the Mind (Theater Pro Rata), as well as directing and puppeteering shows for the Driveway Tour (Open Eye Figure Theater.) An improv comedian, a “cool guy” nanny, and a lover of life, Bear wants to thank his family and friends for all the little things and the laughs.
SARAH BURK (A BOHEMIAN) has served as music director, conductor, composer, arranger and/or instrumentalist for nearly 100 theatre productions in Minnesota and Europe. She has music directed at Stages Theatre since 2006, including numerous world and regional premiers. Other recent new works include music direction for the History Theatre’s River Road Boogie and violinist for two workshop/public reading performances of Sweet Land the Musical. A performer and recording artist on keyboard, violin, vocal and percussion in various global, popular and classical genres, she also teaches at St. Olaf College and the College of St. Benedict.
CALEB FRITZ CRAIG (CHORUS BOY, A CADET) is ecstatic to return to Theater Latté Da in C. Caleb was most recently seen at the Old Log Theater in their winter production of The Wedding Singer (George). Additional credits include New Epic Theater (The Picture of Dorian Gray, World Without End), and the Guthrie Theater (Midsummer Night’s Dream, Blue Stockings). Training: University of Minnesota Guthrie B.F.A. Actor Training Program. Caleb would like to thank his parents, Brett and Jennifer, and his sister, Mikki, for their never-ending support.
DAVID DARROW (CHRISTIAN) is an actor and composer whose work has been seen on stages around the Twin Cities at Theater Latté Da (Spring Awakening, Beautiful Thing, Our Town, Company, Into The Woods, Lullaby), the Guthrie Theater, Ten Thousand Things, the Illusion Theater, Sandbox Theater, and others. He has written the music and lyrics for three musicals, two of which have been produced in the Guthrie’s Dowling Studio by 7th House Theater, where he is a founding member. David is a graduate of Albright College, and a former Acting Apprentice at the Actors Theater of Louisville.
BRADLEY GREENWALD (CYRANO) performed in Oliver! and Steerage Song with Theater Latté Da. He has performed opera, theater, music-theater, concert and recital repertoire with the Jungle Theater, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children’s Theatre Company, 10,000 Things, Nautilus Music-Theater, Minnesota Dance Theatre, James Sewell Ballet, VocalEssence, Frank Theatre, the Illusion Theater, the Guthrie Theater, A Prairie Home Companion, and Skylark Opera.
He adapted Madeleine L’Engle’s novel A Wrinkle in Time into a libretto for Libby Larsen’s opera. Bradley is the recipient of a Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship in music, the McKnight Fellowship for Theater Artists, and a 2006 Ivey Award.
JANET HANSON (SISTER CLAIRE) Theater Latté Da: Oliver!, Passage of Dreams, The Full Monty, Violet, Floyd Collins; the Children’s Theatre Company: The Wizard of Oz (2011 & 2015), Go, Dog Go!, Honk! The Ugly Duckling Musical, The Old Man Who Loved Cheese, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Peter Pan, Lyle the Crocodile; Yellowtree Theatre: Miracle on Christmas Lake, The Diary of Anne Frank; Actor’s Theater of Minnesota: Fezziwig’s Feast; the History Theatre: 20 Days to Find a Wife, Meet Me at the Fair, Gangster Musical, Scott & Zelda: the beautiful fools, Let Heaven & Nature Sing; Park Square Theatre: Oh Coward, Side Show. Training: M.F.A., University of Louisville
KIM KIVENS (MRS. DEWIGHT, ATCHETTE, SISTER AGNES) A voice-over and on-camera actor, Kim was most recently on stage as Ravonka in The Realish Housewives of Edina: A Parody with Hennepin Theatre Trust. Theater Latté Da audiences may remember Kim from: Oliver!, Company and The 25th Annual… Spelling Bee. Other shows include: Disenchanted (Casting Spells Productions); Shelly Bachberg Presents… (The Catalysts); The Doyle and Debbie Show (Hennepin Theatre Trust); Cinderella (the Children’s Theatre Company); Johnny Baseball (Park Square Theatre). In 2011, Kim was honored by Lavender Magazine as a Best Supporting Actress (Musical) for her role as Muriel in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with MMT. Up next: Urinetown with Daleko Arts.
GRACE LOWE (L’ALLOUETTE) is thrilled to be making her debut with Theater Latté Da. Recent credits include Trial by Jury with The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, and A Christmas Carol with the Guthrie Theater. Grace is grateful for the training received from The New Studio on Broadway (Tisch School of the Arts) and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. She is currently working with The City of Minneapolis and Intermedia Arts in Creative City Making – a program striving to enact social change through neighborhood engagement and the arts.
JOHN MIDDLETON (DEWIGHT) is very pleased to return to Theater Latté Da having appeared in Song of Extinction in 2011. Since then, he has performed throughout the Twin Cities with companies including the Jungle Theater, Gremlin Theater, Torch Theater, Girl Friday Productions, Sandbox Theater, Theatre Pro Rata and Park Square Theatre.
LUKE PICKMAN (A BOHEMIAN, A CADET) is a 24 year old musician from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He began playing flute at the age of 10 and fell in love with making music. Over the years, he expanded his musical repertoire and instrument collection to include both stringed and woodwind instruments. These days he works full time as a scientist and runs a sizable music-based YouTube channel on the side.
JAMES RAMLET (ORSON DÉJALOUX) is pleased to return to Theater Latté Da for the World Premiere of C. Past appearances at Theater Latté Da include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, and as a member of the cast of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He has appeared numerous times at the Guthrie Theater, most recently as the bass in the barbershop quartet in The Music Man. Other local performances include New Jerusalem at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Jackie and Me at the Children’s Theatre Company, The Threepenny Opera at Frank Theatre, and Baby Case at History Theatre. Also an accomplished operatic performer, James has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.
MATT RIEHLE (BELROSE, A CADET) is incredibly grateful to be making his Theater Latté Da debut. He has also had the honor and pleasure of working with 7th House Theater (Hair, Jonah and the Whale), Torch Theater (Dangerous Liaisons), Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (Jesus Christ Superstar), and The History Theater (Sweet Land). Matt may also be seen here and there playing keys and singing Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd with the band Jonny James and the Hall of Fames, or performing in ridiculous videos on YouTube with The Jeffrey Company.
KENDALL ANNE THOMPSON (ROXANE) was previously seen in Into the Woods as Rapunzel/Florinda with Theater Latté Da. Previous credits include: The Great Work and Jonah and the Whale with 7th House Theater; Radio Man, Baby Case, Working Boys Band, and This Side of Paradise with the History Theatre; RENT with Lyric Arts; Oliver! and 9 to 5: The Musical with Minnetonka Theatre; Spring Awakening, Romeo & Juliet, The Sound of Music, Hamlet with Roxy Regional Theatre. She is a graduate of The Boston Conservatory Musical Theatre program. Thank you to friends, family, and teachers for their love and support! www. kendallannethompson.com
EVAN TYLER WILSON (UNCLE MONTY, CADET IBARRA) enthusiastically joins the cast of C. with Theater Latté Da. Regional credits include All Is Calm; The Christmas Truce of 1914, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Pirelli) also with Theater Latté Da, Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas) with The Duluth Playhouse, Next to Normal (Gabe) with Yellow Tree Theatre, and Spring Awakening (Georg) at Phoenix Theatre. Evan holds a BM in Musical Theatre from Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theatre and teaches voice at Linden Hills House of Music. evantylerwilson.com
MAX WOJTANOWICZ (PAPADEAU) is a native of Rice, Minnesota, and a St. Olaf College graduate. He has worked with Theater Latté Da on All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and NEXT: New Musicals in the Making, as well as the Children’s Theatre Company, the Jungle Theater, Ten Thousand Things, Frank Theatre, Park Square Theatre, and Nautilus Music Theater (in the Ivey Award-winning Ordinary Days). He is the artistic director of The Catalysts, with whom he has written three musicals. His autobiographical musical Fruit Fly (The Catalysts’ first full-length work) premiered at the Illusion Theater last spring. He is extraordinarily grateful for the whole C. team! www.maxwojtanowicz.com
PETER ROTHSTEIN (DIRECTOR) has directed 55 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 9 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theater Company, Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theater, Ten Thousand Things and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 and Steerage Song-a new musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Recently, Peter was named the 2015 Artist of the Year by the Star Tribune. He has previously been named Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and the Best Director by City Pages. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B. A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Peter-Rothstein.com
JASON HANSEN (MUSIC DIRECTOR, A BOHEMIAN, A CADET) has held positions of music director, orchestrator, educator, and/or performer at Theater Latté Da (Into the Woods, Our Town, Aida), Mixed Blood Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, Mu Performing Arts, Ten Thousand Things, Open Eye Figure Theater, the Catalysists, 7th House Theater, the MN Fringe Festival, and the Hennepin Theatre Trust. He also co-directs the Twin Cities senior rock ensemble Alive & Kickin; acts as accompanist and music director for area cabarets and theatrical events; and is a published composer and arranger continuing to develop new music for choir, cabaret and theater. He lives in St. Paul with his wife Alise and beautiful baby daughter Madeleine.
ROBERT ELHAI (COMPSOER/ARRANGER) Twin Cities’ work includes Chan Poling and Jeff Hatcher’s Glensheen at the History Theater, A Night in Olympus at the Illusion Theater and Sweet Land the Musical at the History Theater next season. Dr. Elhai is the recipient of Tony and Drama Desk nominations for his work on the Broadway production of The Lion King and orchestrated the Oscar-winning score for Frida and has worked on 150 movies. As part of Metallica’s Grammy Award-winning “S&M” and the Emmy Award-winning Opening Ceremony to the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, he has achieved the legendary “arranging EGOT.” He holds degrees from Yale University, the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, and Carleton College, is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild, ASCAP, the American Composer Forum and MPR.
JIM SMART (SCENIC DESIGNER) Jim is the president of Smart Associates, a design firm that specializes in the design of restaurants and retail stores all over the world. He has over 40 years of design experience in all fields of interior, theater and architectural design. He has been a concert and lighting designer for various national acts including John Denver, Jethro Tull, Buffy St. Marie, Shawn Phillips and Agnes Moorhead. Jim also spent five summers as a designer/actor with an Equity summer stock theater company. He was the renovator/proprietor of Clifton, The Country Inn, a Thomas Jefferson estate in Charlottesville, Virginia. He served as the Home Fashion Director at Dayton Hudson Department Stores for eight years as a designer of stores, model rooms and merchandise. Jim and his wife Cindie are active board members with many Twin Cities non-profits including many theaters
RICH HAMSON (COSTUME DESIGNER) has designed 8 previous productions for Theater Latté Da, including the Ivey award-winning productions of La Bohéme, Spring Awakening and Cabaret. He is the resident designer for Chanhassen Dinner Theatres where his work can be seen in their current production of Beauty and the Beast. He has designed for the Guthrie Theater, the Ordway, the Children’s Theatre Company, the Minnesota Opera, History Theatre, national tours and many more regional, college and high school theatre companies. He was selected by the Star Tribune as one of nine outstanding theatre artists in 2003 and was Lavender Magazine’s Artist of the year in 2014. Recently returning to the stage as an actor, Lavender named him best Lead Actor in a musical for the 2015 season.
MARCUS DILLIARD (LIGHTING DESIGNER) has designed the lighting for Theater Latté Da’s productions of All Is Calm, Our Town, Cabaret, Steerage Song, Aida, Song of Extinction, Violet, The Full Monty, Old Wicked Songs and Susannah. Marcus has designed for theater, opera and dance across North America and in Europe, including numerous productions for the Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Opera, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, the Children’s Theatre Company, the History Theatre and the Ordway Theater. He is the recipient of a Sage Award, an Ivey Award and has twice received the McKnight Foundation Theater Artist Fellowship.
SEAN HEALY (SOUND DESIGNER AND ENGINEER) Two Gentlemen of Verona, Annapurna, Gertrude Stein And A Companion, On Golden Pond, The Mystery of Irma Vep, The Heiress (Jungle Theater); Choir Boy, Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Guthrie Theater); In the Next Room (ZACH Theatre); 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, The Wizard of Oz, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Seedfolks, The Cat in the Hat, Cinderella (the Children’s Theatre Company); Steerage Song, Aida, Song of Extinction (Theater Latté Da). Mr. Healey is the recipient of an Ivey Award for his work on The Jungle Theater’s production of Shipwrecked! and holds a B.F.A. from The California Institute of the Arts.
BENJAMIN OLSEN (PROPS MASTER) is a scenic and properties designer based in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He trained in the liberal arts at St. Olaf College and received the Bonde award for excellence in scenic design from St. Olaf s Center for Integrative Studies. In addition to freelancing, he works in marketing at Shelter Architecture. Recent Credits include: Artistry: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Phantom, All My Sons, God of Carnage, and La Cage aux Folles (sets); Stages Theatre Company: The Little Mermaid (sets); Theater Latté Da: Gypsy, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Into the Woods (props). Upcoming: Stages Theatre Company: Annie (sets). www.benjamindavidolsen.com
ELISSA ADAMS (DRAMATURG) is Director of New Play Development at the Children’s Theatre Company. Since 1998, she has overseen the commissioning and development of more than forty new plays. She is the co-editor of Fierce and True: Plays for Teen Audiences and Face of America: Plays for Young People published by the University of Minnesota Press. Prior to her position at CTC, she served as Director of Playwright Services at The Playwrights’ Center and Literary Manager at La Jolla Playhouse. She is a frequent guest dramaturg at the Sundance Theatre Lab and The University of Iowa MFA program and was a 2007 recipient of a McKnight Foundation Theatre Artist Fellowship. She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy from UC San Diego.
ANNIE ENNEKING (FIGHT DIRECTOR) is an actor, fight director, and musician. Her work in these capacities has been seen on almost every stage in the Twin Cities over the past thirty years. She was a 2010 McKnight Theater Artist Fellow, and received support from the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota Regional Arts Council, and the Minnesota State Arts Board to further her work as a theatre/music maker (Rehearsing Failure; Extremely Public Displays of Privacy; The Joans, and what i want now i will want later). Annie is the front woman and founder of the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang.