The Company of GYPSY!
MICHELLE BARBER (MOMMA ROSE) recently appeared as King Henry IV, in the all-female cast of Henry IV, Part 1, at Ten Thousand Things Theatre. She has appeared in over 58 productions at Chanhassen Theatres. Favorite roles include: Dolly Levi, (Hello Dolly!), Golde (Fiddler On The Roof), Grizabella (CATS), Reno Sweeney (Anything Goes). Work on other stages includes: Jungle Theatre Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Martha), Hamlet (Gertrude); Guthrie Theater Caroline or Change (Grandma Gellman), Pen (Helen Bayer), Roman Holiday (The Countess) and Other Desert Cities (Silda).
She loves her family more than the world. And would never push them to do what they don’t want to do….
KATE BEAHEN (MAZEPPA/ ENSEMBLE) is honored to return to Theater Latté Da after appearing as the Baker’s Wife in last year’s Into the Woods. Kate has also been seen at The Ordway (Sound of Music), Lyric Arts Main Street Stage (RENT! Picnic, Young Frankenstein), Skylark Opera (Wonderful Town, The Mikado), and is also a returning guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion. Kate has a Bachelor of Music in Music Theatre from Florida State University.
SHINAH BRASHEARS (JUNE) is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Theater Latté Da again after being in their production of Into The Woods (Little Red, Lucinda). Favorite past productions include: The Great Work (Franc-esca) 7th House; Music Man (Zaneeta Shinn) The Guthrie; The Importance of Being Earnest (Cecily Cardew) Okoboji Summer Theater; and Legally Blonde the Musical (Elle Woods) Stephens College. She has a BFA in acting from Stephens College. When she is not on stage she loves to teach dance at Mayer Arts and the Guthrie, and is currently choreographing at Washburn High.
CAT BRINDISI (LOUISE) holds a BFA in Musical Theater and Minor in Dance from the University of MN, Duluth. Theater Latté Da: …Spelling Bee (Olive), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Aida (Amneris). Guthrie: Cocoanuts (Polly Potter), Stage Kiss (Laurie/Millicent). Chanhassen Dinner Theatres: Hello Dolly! (Irene Molloy). Illusion Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, History Theater. Awards: 2012 Ivey Award for Outstanding Production for Spring Awakening; 2013 City Pages Best Emerging Female Actress; 2014 Lavender Magazine Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for Irene Molloy in Hello, Dolly!. Upcoming: South Pacific at The Guthrie Theater. Cat is a founding member of 7th House Theater. Proud Equity member. www.catbrindisi.com
CARLEY CLOVER (BABY LOUISE) is a 6th grader and excited to be making her Theater Latté Da debut. Carley recently finished A Laura Ingalls Wilder Christmas at Lyric Arts. She has performed on numerous stages throughout the Twin Cities, including Music Man and A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater. She has also performed as Frog in One Dog Canoe, and as Bobbi Jean Piper in Junie B. Jones the Musical, at Stages Theatre. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, playing piano, and dancing.
MARIO ESTEB (ENSEMBLE) is excited to make his Theater Latté Da debut. He recently finished The Wizard of Oz at the Children’s Theatre Company and also appeared in Damn Yankees and A Christmas Story at The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. He has commercial and print experience with Wehmann Models & Talent. He has been dancing for six years; competing and performing in recitals for Delmonico Dance. He also trains at Flips Gymnastics and with Brett Schrier from Broadway play-ground for vocal. Mario is a sixth grader at St. Pascals in St. Paul.
ZOE HOLLANDER (BALLOON GIRL/JUNE & LOUISE US) is in 7th grade and excited to be making her Theater Latté Da debut. Zoe has performed in productions at Stages Theatre Company, including The Little Mermaid Jr., Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, and most recently, Junie B. Jones the Musical. She has performed in Flakes: The Musical at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and has been performing in Fidgety Fairy Tales for four years. When not singing or acting, Zoe loves reading, drawing, and writing her own stories.
ANDREW IMM (ENSEMBLE) is a 4th grader at Liberty Classical Academy in White Bear Lake. He is excited to be making his Theater Latté Da debut! Andrew has studied with Larkin Dance Studio, Ballet Royale Minnesota, Broadway Playground, and Brett Schrier. His recent appear-ances include The Nutcracker at The Twin Cities Ballet, The Velveteen Rabbit at Holidazzle Village with Collide Theatrical, and Hansel and Gretel at Ashland Productions. He also has several years of modeling, print, and commercial experience.
EMILY JANSEN (TESSIE TURA/ ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be making her debut with Theater Latté Da! Most recently she appeared in The Guthrie’s A Christmas Carol and as a singer/dancer in Valley-fair’s Haunted Homecoming. Professional Credits include Lady of the Lake (Spamalot, Henry Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical in Colorado), The Witch (Big Fish, regional premiere) Mayzie La Bird (Seussical the Musical), ChaCha (Grease), Morticia Addams (Addams Family). Upcoming: Leap of Faith (Minneapolis Musical Theatre.) BFA Musical Theatre Minnesota State University, Mankato. All my love to Frank!
PEDER LINDELL (CONTESTANT, PEDES-TRIAN) is a 7th grader at Northfield Middle School excited to make his Theater Latté Da debut. He performed as Billy Ray in On Golden Pond at the Jungle Theater and as Young Will in Big Fish at Saint Olaf. He also performed in the operas La Boheme and Hansel and Gretel in Brainerd and Street Scene and Albert Herring at Saint Olaf. He played the role of the Artful Dodger in Oliver! at the Northfield Arts Guild, and recently finished A Charlie Brown Christmas in Faribault. When not on stage Peder loves to play soccer.
TYLER MICHAELS (TULSA) is excited to be back for his fourth production with Theater Latté Da! Tyler has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theater Company, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Illusion Theater, and Flying Foot Forum as well as many others. Some recent credits include: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tobias), Peter Pan The Musical (Peter Pan), and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck). Tyler holds the 2014 Emerging Artist Ivey Award and the Mark Twain Comedic Performance Award from the Kennedy Center. He is also a founding member of Bearded Men Improv, which performs weekly at HUGE Theater. Tylermichaels.com
ERIQ NELSON (CHARACTER MAN) has been an actor, writer, director, and improviser in the Twin Cities for 20 years. Past theater experience includes: King of Hearts, KNOCK!, and Gypsy with Theatre Latté Da, Interact Center for Visual and Performing Arts, Brave New Work-shop, Guthrie Theater, Actor’s Theater of MN, Disney Cruise Line, and many others. Currently, Eriq is the Talent/Producer at Star Studio, the in house channel at Children’s MN, and has performed thousands of hours of live TV shows entertaining patients and families. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, playing drums and spending time with his daughter, Delilah.
TOD PETERSEN (HERBIE) has a long history at Theater Latté Da having performed in Our Town, The 25th Annual…Spelling Bee, Gypsy (2006), Parade, King of Hearts, A Man of No Importance and his autobiographical shows A Christmas Carole Petersen and Oh, $#!%, I’m Turning Into My Mother. He was most recently seen in The Ordway Theater’s production of The Sound of Music and plays frequently with many local theaters including Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, The Illusion Theater, Minnetonka Theatre, Minnesota Jewish Theatre, Minnesota Fringe Festival and Interact Center. Tod will be seen in the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid at The Children’s Theatre Company.
DEREK PRESTLY (ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be working with Theater Latté Da again, having previously been seen in NEXT (The Last Queen of Canaan), Spring Awakening (Otto) and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip). Derek has performed with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres (Bye Bye Birdie, Joseph… Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof, Disney’s The Little Mermaid), Children’s Theatre Company (The Wizard of Oz) and Minneapolis Musical Theatre (Bare, Evil Dead: The Musical). Derek is a founding company member of 7th House Theater, and has performed in their productions of Hair and Jonah and the Whale: A New Musical.
MATTHEW RUBBELKE (ANGIE/ ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to be returning to Theater Latté Da after appearing as Anthony Hope in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Recent Twin Cities credits include: The Sound of Music (Rolf) and The Pirates of Penzance at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts; and Peter Pan, Huck Finn, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Busytown the Musical at Children’s Theatre Company. Additionally, Matthew has had the pleasure of working with several of Washington, D.C.’s theatre companies. Matthew is a graduate of the American Univer-sity and was Children’s Theatre Company’s 2014-2015 Performing Apprentice.
DUNCAN REYBURN (ENSEMBLE) is excited to return to Theater Latté Da after appearing as one Fagin’s Gang last year in Oliver! Most recently, he was seen in A Christmas Carol at The Guthrie Theater. Last summer, he played the title role in Oliver! at the Bluff City Theater in Hannibal, MO. He has also performed with Actor’s Theater of MN as Young Scrooge in Fezziwig’s Feast, a Lost Boy in Elfan with Ballet MN, a Dancer in three Choo Choo Bob videos, and with Moore Than Dance as Augustus Gloop in Willie Wonka And The Chocolate Factory. He enjoys basketball, track, flag football, and music.
JOSIE TURK (CLARENCE/ENSEMBLE) is thrilled to make her Theater Latté Da debut! Josie has performed with the Ordway Theater (The Sound of Music), Stages Theatre Company (Twelve Dancing Princesses), and Chaska Valley Family Theatre (Annie and A Christmas Carol: The Broadway Musical). Josie is a 4th grader at St. Hubert School. Her hobbies include dance, gymnastics, piano, clarinet and softball.
ALEJANDRO VEGA (ENSEMBLE) is honored to be returning to Theater Latté Da after appearing as a Fagin Boy in last season’s production of Oliver! He performed in Damn Kids These Days in the Minnesota Fringe Festival, and at the Children’s Theatre Company in Peter Pan the Musical and The Wizard of Oz. Next, Alejandro will be playing the role of Danny Torrance in the world premiere of The Shining with the Minnesota Opera. Alejandro is in 5th grade at XinXing Academy Chinese Immersion in Hopkins.
EDWARD WILLIAMS JR. (DANCE CAPTAIN/ENSEMBLE) has performed at several theatres in the Twin Cities area: The Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, The Children’s Theatre Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre (Artistry), Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Flying Foot Forum and Minneapolis Musical Theatre. Edward is a Creative Dramatics/Theatre Specialist for the St. Paul Public Schools, where he works with students in grades K-3. During the summer, he teaches acting classes at the Children’s Theatre Company. This is Edward’s second show with Theater Latté Da, you may have seen him as Bobby… not Victor in Theater Latté Da’s Cabaret.
VICTORIA WYFFELS (BABY JUNE) is proud to be a part of Theater Latté Da’s production of Gypsy. Her past productions include: The Little Mermaid Junior at The Children’s Theatre Company; Les Miserables with Woodbury Community Theatre; A Christmas Carol at the Guthrie Theater; and a variety of other local shows. She is a seventh grader at Stillwater Junior High, who in her spare time enjoys skiing, tennis, and singing.
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
DENISE PROSEK (MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR) is a music director, pianist, orchestrator, and arranger. She has music directed over 40 productions for Theater Latté Da as well as numerous productions around the Twin Cities, including the Children’s Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, Mu Performing Arts, the Ordway Theater, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the Ivey Awards. Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. She was named a McKnight Theater Artist Fellow in 2013, and was awarded Outstanding Musical Director in 2006 and 2008 from Star Tribune, Best Music Director in 2010 and Theater Artist of the Year in 2012 from Lavender.
MICHAEL MATTHEW FERRELL (CHOREOGRAPHER) a 2007 and 2013 Ivey Award recipient. Credits include: Oliver!, Cabaret, Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita, The Full Monty, Parade, Gypsy, The Rink and Passage of Dreams for Theater Latté Da. Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Singin’ In The Rain, 42nd Street, On The Town and Oklahoma for Artistry. Shrek, Wizard of Oz, Annie, Babe The Sheep Pig, Tommy, Spelling Bee, and Disney’s High School Musical for The Children’s Theatre Company. Cats, Annie, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Music Man, and My Fair Lady for Chanhassen Theatres. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of Alive & Kickin, the Senior Rock Ensemble.
MICHAEL HOOVER (SET DESIGNER) has designed sets for Theater Latté Da’s Beautiful Thing, Song of Extinction, Floyd Collins, La Boheme, Sunday in the Park with George, A Man of No Importance, A Christmas Carole Petersen, Burning Patience, and Wings. Michael also designs sets for several other local theaters, including the Guthrie Theater, Park Square Theatre, the History Theatre, Torch Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, and the Minnesota Jewish Theatre. In addition to his freelance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff at the Guthrie Theater, where he supervises the Scenic Art department
ALICE FREDRICKSON (COSTUME DESIGNER) previously designed costumes for Theater Latté Da’s productions of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Oliver! Recent credits include Brand at Commonweal Theatre, Next to Normal at Weathervane Theater, Independence at Theatre in the Round and Three Sisters at Nightpath Theatre. She currently works as a Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater, where she most recently worked on The Cocoanuts, Stage Kiss, and Juno and the Paycock. Originally from Oklahoma City, Alice is a graduate of Knox College.
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, Children’s Theatre Company, The History Theatre and the Ordway Music Theater. He is the recipient of a Sage Award, an Ivey Award and has twice received the McKnight Foundation Theater Artist Fellowship.
ALEX RITTER (SOUND DESIGNER) is returning for his third year of designing for Theater Latté Da. Alex has worked as a sound designer and engineer for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. He is currently working full time at the Guthrie Theater as a Master Sound Engineer. Broadway credits include: Finding Neverland, Heart of Robin Hood, Hair, Ragtime (Drama Desk Award; ACME Sound Partners). Off-Broadway: Power Balladz, Now. Here. This. National Tours: Pippin, The Wizard of Oz, West Side Story, Catch Me If You Can, Priscilla, Hair.
ABBEE WARMBOE (PROPERTIES DESIGNER) Theater Latté Da: debut. Recent Work: Mixed Blood Theatre: An Octoroon, Pussy Valley, HIR; Park Square Theatre: Great Expec-tations, Language Archive, The Color Purple; Yellow Tree Theatre: Clybourne Park, Dancing at Lughnasa, A Hunting Shack Christmas; Walking Shadow Theatre Company: Aliens, The Coward; 7th House Theatre: The Great Work; Live Action Set: Crime and Punishment, Unhinged. Repre-sentative Theatres: Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, DalekoArts, Mad Munchkin Productions, Mu Performing Arts, Old Log Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Stepping Stone Theatre, The Buoyant Group. Training: St. Olaf College. Awards: 2015 Ivey Award Recognition “Production Design” for Crime and Punishment
DYLAN WRIGHT (PRODUCTION MANAGER) is enjoying his fourth season with Theater Latté Da. He has previously worked for the Mill City Summer Opera, producing The Barber of Seville, Tosca, and Daughter of the Regiment in the outdoor courtyard of the Mill City Museum. He is the former Production Manager for the Illusion Theater, managing several mainstage seasons. Notable productions include My Antonia and Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the new work series Fresh Ink, and several tours. Dylan graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Theater Arts.
TIFFANY K. ORR (PRODUCTION STAGE MANAGER) is celebrating her sixth season as the Production Stage Manager at Theater Latté Da. While at Theater Latté Da she has stage managed numerous productions including Oliver!, Cabaret, and Aida. Other favorites include Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Evita, Company, and Spring Awakening. While in the Twin Cities, she has had the opportunity to work with the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, and the Pills-bury House Theatre. Tiffany is also a part of the stage management team at MTWichita. Tiffany is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is delighted to be joining Theater Latté Da for this production of Gypsy. She has spent 11 summer seasons with Music Theatre Wichita, as well as two seasons with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Other credits include Casa Mañana, The Dells Palace Theater, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Wichita Symphony Orchestra, and Walt Disney World. Proud member of AEA.
APRIL HARDING (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) Theater Latté Da (Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, NEXT), the Children’s Theatre Company (Spring Awakening), Park Square Theatre (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Of Mice and Men, Sherlock Holmes and the Ice Palace Murders), DalekoArts (Always, Patsy Cline). Upcoming: DalekoArts (Urinetown).
KATIE KREITZER (ASSISTANT DIRECTOR) Katie lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband Jack and two boys Eamonn and Seamus. She has been teaching and directing theater at Cretin-Derham Hall High School for the past twenty-two years. A lover of learning and the creative process, Gypsy has been an invaluable wisdom builder.
KRYSTI WIITA (ASSISTANT CHOREOG-RAPHER) is thrilled to be back with Theater Latté Da, this time as Assistant Choreographer. She previously performed in Theater Latté Da’s award-winning Cabaret (Texas/Dance Captain). Krysti also assisted Michael Ferrell in the Duluth Playhouse’s Mary Poppins and Anything Goes and has been Dance Captain in many Twin Cites productions (Hairspray, Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town, and 42nd Street). She was Rehearsal Manager at the 2015 SpotLight Awards, and she recently played Ermengarde in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s Hello, Dolly! Krysti also teaches dance at the Academy of Russian Ballet and guest teaches at River Valley Dance Academy.
KATHLEEN MARTIN (ASSISTANT COSTUME DESIGNER) A recent graduate of the theatre program at the University of Minnesota Duluth, she enjoys all areas of costuming but is particularly passionate about design. Favorite designs include Legally Blonde: The Musical, Avenue Q, and The Great Gatsby. www.kathleen-martin.com
MARY SHABATURA (ASSOCIATE LIGHTING DESIGNER) is a Minneapolis-based lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera. She is the Resident Lighting Designer for Dark and Stormy Productions, and has worked with the Guthrie Theater (ALD), The Moving Company, Shapeshift Dance, Cincinnati Opera (ALD), Teatro del Pueblo, and many more. She holds a B.A in Theater Arts from the University of Minnesota.
BENJAMIN DAVID OLSEN (ASSOCIATE 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 Latte Da: All is Calm, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and Into the Woods (props). Upcoming: Theater Latté Da: C. (props). www.benjamindavidolsen.com