The Company of RAGTIME!
SASHA ANDREEV (TATEH) is honored to return to Theater Latté Da, having been in the original cast of Steerage Song (Fitzgerald Theater, Lab Theater, Regional Tour) and in the NEXT series. He was most recently seen in Park Square Theatre’s Sons of the Prophet and in the one-man show Buyer and Cellar with Hennepin Theatre Trust. Stage credits include the Guthrie Theater, Jungle Theater, Mixed Blood Theatre, Yellow Tree Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, and Actors Theatre of Louisville. On screen, Sasha has been seen as host of HGTV’s Curb Appeal, on Evine Live (formerly ShopNBC) and in numerous TV commercials & films. Originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, he is a graduate of Vassar College and the National Theatre Institute.
DEBRA BERGER (EMMA GOLDMAN) is delighted to be making her Theater Latté Da debut! Born and raised in eastern Montana, Debra relocated to the Twin Cities where she traded her cowboy boots for character shoes. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theatre Arts with an emphasis in directing from the University of North Dakota. She has had the privilege of working with numerous Twin Cities companies including: the Ordway Center for Performing Arts, Park Square Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Yellow Tree Theatre, Actors Theater of Minnesota, Ferrari McSpeedy, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, Swandive Theatre and more. For more information visit: www.debra-berger.com
GEORGIA BLANDO (LITTLE GIRL) is thrilled to be making her theatrical debut in Ragtime. She is a sixth grader who loves to read, play viola and piano, and dance. Georgia would like to thank her family, Youth Dance Ensemble, and a special thanks to Theater Latté Da for this amazing opportunity!
BEN DUTCHER (HARRY HOUDINI) a native of St. Paul, is thrilled to be working with Theater Latté Da for a third consecutive season. A graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, Ben appeared last season as Jonas Fogg in Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and as a soloist, vocal captain, and member of the company of All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Previous credits include Tony in Theater Latté Da’s Masterclass, as well as Bello in La fanciulla del West and Bobby Lembeck in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera. Ben will be returning this winter to again tour All is Calm.
DANIEL S. HINES (FATHER) is delighted to be making his Theater Latté Da debut with this beautiful, important story. He is new to the Midwest after many years living the nomadic actor’s life. Twin Cities credits: South Pacific at the Guthrie Theater; Beauty and the Beast and Sister Act at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. Selected credits: Memphis (national tour); Macbeth and Unnecessary Farce at Sierra Repertory Theatre; five different productions of Daniel’s all-time favorite, Oklahoma! (Opposite local actress and fiancé Timmy Hays). Gratitude to God and Family for gifts and unending support. And thank YOU for supporting live theater! www.danielshines.com
EMILY JANSEN (EVELYN NESBIT) is thrilled to be returning to Theater Latté Da after appearing last season as Tessie Tura in Gypsy. Most recently, she was seen as Marla McGowan in Minneapolis Musical Theater’s production of Leap of Faith. Locally, Emily has appeared onstage with Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Artistry/BCT, Valleyfair Entertainment, Candid Theater, Highland Summer Theater, and Daytrippers Theater. Favorite Credits include Lady of the Lake (Spamalot, Colorado Henry Nomination for Best Featured Actress in a Musical), The Witch (Big Fish, Colorado regional premiere), Morticia Addams (The Addams Family), Mayzie La Bird (Seussical). BFA Musical Theatre Minnesota State University, Mankato. All my love to Frank!
RILEY MCNUTT (YOUNGER BROTHER) performed with Theater Latté Da last year in All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914., and is very pleased to be returning this season. He recently appeared in Artistry’s productions of Fiddler on the Roof as Motel and in Phantom as Phillipe. Riley has worked with Minnesota Orchestra in Carousel; with Skylark Opera in Candide, Wonderful Town, and The Vagabond King; and in many productions with Minnesota Opera. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Riley is happy to have made a home among the artists of Minnesota!
SOREN THAYNE MILLER (LITTLE BOY) is honored to be making his Theater Latte Da debut. Soren originated the role of Fregley in the world premiere of Diary of a Wimpy Kid the Musical at Children’s Theatre Company. Other credits include Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man (Guthrie Theater); Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Children’s Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Guthrie Theater); The Chanukah Guest (Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company); Dr. Seuss’ Seussical the Musical (Ashland Productions); and The Reluctant Dragon (SteppingStone Theatre). Soren is a sixth-grader and enjoys playing trumpet and singing songs from Hamilton.
DAVID L. MURRAY, JR. (COALHOUSE WALKER) from New York, is thrilled to join the wonderful cast of Ragtime; working with an exceptional creative team and an outstanding group of actors. David has a BFA Musical Theatre Degree from The University of WI-Stevens Point Theatre and Dance program. His most recent NYC credits include: The Off-Broadway productions of Vote for me, Legend of the Word, and This Clement World. Regional: Violet, Dracula, White Christmas, Seussical The Musical, and Smokey Joe’s Cafe. David would like to thank God, Family, the Noels, and friends for their unwavering love and support! Psalms 23:6
BRITTA OLLMAN (MOTHER) previously appeared with Theater Latté Da in Into the Woods, Steerage Song: The Tour, and Violet. Other local credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatre (Sister Act), Old Log Theatre (Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), Flip Theatre (The Last Five Years) and the Children’s Theatre Company (Wizard of Oz, The Snow Queen, Pippi Longstocking). Britta made her Broadway debut in 2008 as an understudy for multiple roles in Harvey Fierstein’s A Catered Affair. She holds a BFA in musical theatre from New York University and an MA in teaching from Hamline University. Proud AEA member.
JAMES RAMLET (GRANDFATHER, HENRY FORD) is pleased to return to Theater Latté Da for Ragtime. Past appearances at Theater Latté Da include Orson Déjaloux in the World Premiere of C., Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Mr. Bumble in Oliver!, and All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He has appeared numerous times at the Guthrie Theater, as well as the Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, the History Theatre, Frank Theatre, and Nautilus Music-Theater. Also an accomplished operatic performer, James has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.
TRACI ALLEN SHANNON (SARAH) is so excited to return to Theater Latté Da this season. Past Theater Latté Da credits include Aida. Other Minneapolis theatre credits include Four Women, Park Square Theatre; The Wizard of Oz, the Children’s Theatre Company; the road weeps the well runs dry, Pillsbury House Theatre; and The Playwright’s Center. Traci is a member of the Acting Company at the Children’s Theatre Company, and a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She is a graduate of Howard University.
ANDRE SHOALS (BOOKER T. WASHINGTON) is thrilled to work with Theater Latté Da again. He was most recently seen in Chanhassen Dinner Theatre’s productions of Beauty & The Beast and Sister Act. Musical theater credits include, The Little Mermaid, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Chanhassen Dinner Theatre), Stu for Silverton, Aida (Theater Latté Da), Ragtime (Park Square Theatre), and Rocky Horror Show Live (Cardinal Theatrics). Dance credits include Zenon Dance Company, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane & Co., Jane Comfort Dance, and Susan Marshall Dance Company. Andre is also a co-founder of Boston based fringe theater company, The Gold Dust Orphans where he performed for 14 years.
JULIA FÉ FOSTER WARDER (SKATER/u.s. LITTLE GIRL) is ten years old and attends the Richfield Dual Language School. Favorite performance experiences include Clara in The Nutcracker for Youth Dance Ensemble and Young Fiona in Shrek at Eagan Community Theater. ‘Lia’ is thrilled to make her Theater Latté Da debut and thankful to her family for their support & encouragement, especially her little brother Will.
PETER ROTHSTEIN (DIRECTOR) has directed 56 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 10 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 andSteerage 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) 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.
TREVOR BOWEN (COSTUME DESIGNER) is glad to be back at Theater Latté Da. Previous shows with Theater Latté Da include: Lullaby, All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, Steerage Song: The Tour and Our Town. Twin Cities credits include: Bars and Measures (The Jungle Theater); Scapegoat, Bright Half Life, Prep, The Gospel of Lovingkindness, Death Tax, and the road weeps, the well runs dry (Pillsbury House Theatre); BBQ, Charm, DJ Latinidad’s Latino Dance Party, An Octoroon, Pussy Valley, HIR, Colossal and Passing Strange (Mixed Blood Theatre); Nina Simone: Four Women, The Color Purple (Park Square Theatre); Pericles, Henry IV, Part 1, Romeo and Juliet (Ten Thousand Things Theatre); U/G/L/Y, Choir Boy (Guthrie Theater); pen/man/ship, We Are Pussy Riot (Contemporary American Theater Festival).
AMANDA K. BOWMAN (ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER) is delighted to be returning to Theater Latté Da after having a glorious time with Gypsy and NEXT last season. She has spent 12 summer seasons with Music Theatre Wichita, as well as 2 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. Thanks, Tiff! Proud member of AEA
ANNIE ENNEKING (FIGHT DIRECTOR) has been a performing artist for thirty years. She has acted on almost every stage in the Twin Cities (including Theater Latté Da’s production of Lullaby) and danced and toured professionally across the country. Annie is a recognized Fight Director and Associate Fight Instructor with Dueling Arts International, and has staged violence on numerous area stages (the Guthrie Theater, Frank Theater, the Children’s Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, Park Square Theatre, Theater Latté Da). Annie teaches the art of stage combat at Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, and fronts the rock band Annie and the Bang Bang.
MICHAEL HOOVER (SCENIC DESIGNER) has previously designed sets for Theater Latté Da’s Gypsy, 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, Girl Friday, Yellow Tree and the Minnesota Jewish Theater. In addition to his free-lance career as a scenic designer, Michael is on staff at the Guthrie Theater, where he supervises the Scenic Art department.
MARY SHABATURA (LIGHTING DESIGNER) is thrilled to be joining the team for Ragtime! Based out of the Twin Cities, she is resident lighting designer for Dark and Stormy Productions, and has designed all their productions, including The Receptionist, The Hothouse, Sunshine and And So It Goes. Shabatura has previously designed at Theater Latté Da (Gypsy), Shapeshift Dance, Artistry (Talley’s Folly), The Moving Company (For Sale), The Guthrie/BFA Program at the Dowling Studio (Peter Piper/The Hidden People) has served as assistant lighting designer at the Guthrie (Cocoanuts), and has worked with The Santa Fe Opera, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and Penumbra Theater, among others.
TRICIA STOGSDILL (FACIAL HAIR DESIGNER) is thrilled to be working with Theater Latte’ Da. Originally from Kansas, she is now a local wig artist and designer who spends her days as a Wig Assistant at the Guthrie and freelances for theaters around the nation at night, including local companies like Park Square Theater and Artistry. Tricia received her Master’s Degree in Wig and Make-Up Design from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She started her career in opera at venues such the Utah Festival Opera and the Kansas City Lyric. Other credits include American Players Theatre (Spring Green, WI) and Alabama Shakespeare Festival (Montgomery, AL). Tricia was selected for the 2013 USITT Young Designers Forum, and has awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her Wig and Make-Up Designs.
NICHOLAS TRANBY (SOUND DESIGNER/ ENGINEER) is a freelance sound engineer and designer based in St. Paul. He was recently the Sound Engineer for Theater Latté Da’s C., Gypsy and All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. He was the Sound, Video and Lighting Associate at Children’s Theatre Company for 4 years; while there he was Associate Sound Designer for Shrek: The Musical, Pinocchio, Alice in Wonderland and Robin Hood. He was also Head Audio Engineer for international tours of The Wedding Singer and The Wizard of Oz. Other venues include Williamstown Theatre Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and The Hangar Theatre. A proud graduate of The College-Conservatory of Music at University of Cincinnati.
KELLI FOSTER WARDER (CHOREOGRAPHER) feels blessed to be a part of this production. Kelli has performed, taught and choreographed for a variety of organizations including, Theater Latté Da, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Theater for the Thirsty and Artistry. She has worked as a choreographer, teacher, diversity coordinator, and coach for over 20 years at a number of Minnesota schools, as well as schools in La Paz, Bolivia and Panama City, Panama. Kelli is currently the Director of Education for Hennepin Theatre Trust and runs their Spotlight Education and Access programs. It is a gift to do this good work with such good people.
ABBEE WARMBOE (PROPERTIES DESIGNER) Theatre Laté Da: Gypsy. Recent Work: Park Square Theatre: The Liar, Realistic Joneses, Calendar Girls, Great Expectations; Artistry: The Drowsy Chaperone; Mu Performing Arts: Tot, You For Me For You; Mill City Summer Opera: Sweeny Todd; Mixed Blood Theater: Charm, An Octoroon; Yellow Tree Theatre: Death of a Salesmen. Representative Theatres: 7th House Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, DalekoArts, History Theatre, Mad Munchkin Productions, Old Log Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Stepping Stone Theatre, Theatre Pro Rata, Walking Shadow Theatre Company among others. Training: St. Olaf College. Awards: 2015 Ivey Award Recognition “Production Design” for Crime and Punishment.
KEEELY WOLTER (DIALECT COACH) holds an MA in Voice Studies from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has served as a voice and accent coach with the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training Program, the Jungle Theater, the Children’s Theater Company, Walking Shadow Theater Company, Torch Theater, Classical Actor’s Ensemble, Gremlin Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, St. Olaf College, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, North Hennepin Community College, Mounds Park Academy, SPCPA, and many others. Keely is also a voice and stage actor, member of VASTA (the Voice and Speech Trainers Association), and current Tech Columnist for the VASTA Voice publication.