The Company of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street!
MARK BENNINGHOFEN (SWEENEY TODD) Guthrie Theater: Juno and the Paycock, Born Yesterday, Appomattox, Time Stands Still, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Great Expectations, St. Joan, Cyrano, The MerryWives of Windsor, Cymbeline. Off Broadway: Larry Ketron’s Asian Shade and Fresh Horses at the WPA Theater, Twelfth Night at Lincoln Center, Lee Blessing’s Riches at the Court Theatre. Meet Me At The Fair, Ronnie Rabinowitz and Tyrone and Ralph (Production Ivey Award) at the History Theatre, Shooting Star at Park Square, The Hot House for Dark & Stormy Productions. TV and Film: Movie Stars, Frasier, Drew Carey, Chicago Hope, The Public Domain, Wilson, La Stanza Accanto, Older Than America and Herman, USA.
BENJAMIN DUTCHER (FOGG) Benjamin Dutcher, a native of St. Paul, is thrilled to be working with Theater Latté Da for a second consecutive season. A recent graduate of the University of Minnesota’s School of Music, previous credits include Bello in La fanciulla del West (his professional debut), Tony in last year’s Master Class, and Bobby Lembeck in the world premiere of The Manchurian Candidate with Minnesota Opera. Ben can also be seen in All is Calm later this year, and will be singing with Minnesota Opera this coming spring in their productions of Tosca, and the premiere of The Shining.
ELIZABETH HAWKINSON (JOHANNA) enthusiastically debuts with Theater Latté Da. She recently graduated from St. Olaf College (2013) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music for vocal performance. After graduation she studied German Lieder at the Franz-Schubert-Institute in Vienna. Previous credits include, Girl Friday Productions: The Matchmaker, Bloomington Civic Artistry: Carousel, 7th House Theater: Little Shop of Horrors, The Buoyant Group: Littler Woman and CHIEF. She can be seen next at The Ordway in The Sound of Music.
TYLER MICHAELS (TOBIAS RAGG) is excited to be playing again with Theater Latté Da! Tyler has performed with the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Illusion Theater, and Flying Foot Forum as well as many others. Some recent credits include: Peter Pan The Musical (Peter Pan), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Puck), and My Fair Lady (Freddy Eynsford-Hill). Tyler holds the 2014 Emerging Artist Ivey Award and the Mark Twain Comedic Performance Award from the Kennedy Center. Tyler is also a founding member of Bearded Men Improv, which performs weekly at HUGE Theater. Tylermichaels.com
SARA OCHS (BEGGAR WOMAN) is delighted to return to Theater Latté Da after appearing in Our Town, Company and NEXT: New Musicals in the Making. Her credits include 10+ productions with Mu Performing Arts, including Middle Brother (Mrs. Park), Into the Woods (Cinderella), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), and Flower Drum Song (Mei Li). She has also performed with The Ordway, Park Square Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Walking Shadow Theatre Company, Minneapolis Musical Theatre, and Skylark Opera, among others. Sara is a teaching artist and a member of ensemble-MA.
JAMES RAMLET (JUDGE TURPIN) is pleased to return to Theater Latté Da after appearing as Mr. Bumble in last season’s OLIVER! Most recently he was seen as a member of the barbershop quartet in The Music Man at the Guthrie Theater. Other recent performances include New Jerusalem at Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, The Threepenny Opera at Frank Theatre, Baby Case at History Theatre, and Jackie and Me at Children’s Theatre Company. Also an accomplished operatic performer, James has performed with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, and many others.
MATTHEW RUBBELKE (ANTHONY HOPE) is excited to be making his Theater Latté Da debut in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In the Twin Cities, Matthew most recently worked with the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Pirates of Penzance, and finished his Performing Apprenticeship at Children’s Theatre Company, performing in Peter Pan, Huck Finn, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Busytown the Musical. Additionally, Matthew has had the pleasure of working with several of D.C.’s theatre companies, including Studio Theatre, The Keegan Theatre (Helen Hayes Nomination), and the Source Theatre. Matthew is a graduate from the American University in Washington, D.C.
EVAN TYLER WILSON (PIRELLI) is thrilled to be joining the cast of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Recent credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas) at The Duluth Playhouse, South Pacific conducted by Ted Sperling (Soloist/Ensemble) with the Phoenix Symphony, Les Miserables (Graintaire/Enjolras U/S), Spring Awakening (Georg), Gypsy starring Kathy Fitzgerald (Angie/Ensemble) all at Phoenix Theatre. Proud graduate of Arizona State University’s Lyric Opera Theatre. Much love to Andy, Family, and Theater Latté Da!
SALLY WINGERT (MRS. LOVETT) is returning to Theater Latté Da where she was last seen as Maria Callas in Master Class and Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret. Her work with Peter Rothstein includes Family Secrets and Woman Before a Glass, both for the Minnesota Jewish Theater, Doubt for Ten Thousand Things and Private Lives and Other Desert Cities most recently at the Guthrie. Other recent work includes Taylor Mac’s HIR, directed by Nigel Smith at Mixed Blood, SHOOTING STAR at Park Square and, most recently, JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, Joe Dowling’s final production at the Guthrie. Sally has performed at The Guthrie in over 80 productions since 1985. She has worked locally at Mixed Blood, The Jungle Theater and many others. She appeared on Broadway and London in La Bete and has also worked at Yale Rep, The McCarter Theater, and ART in Boston. Most recently she appeared in HENRY V at Chicago’s Shakespeare Theater. She is the recipient of a 2014 McKnight Artist Fellowship.
DOM WOOTEN (BEADLE) Tenor, Dominique “Dom” Wooten is extremely excited to play Beadle Bamford in Theater Latté Da’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The elaborate score and captivating script of Sweeney Todd drew him in immediately, “Beadle Bamford is a dream role… he is so much fun, twisted, and sings in the stratosphere! What more can a tenor ask for? I am so pleased to be performing my first Beadle with Theater Latté Da! Enjoy the show.” Dom would like to thank Theater Latté Da for the incredible opportunity, his family for their support, and his fiancé for his limitless love (and the many post rehearsal dinners left in the fridge). Dominique’s Minnesota credits: Billy Bigelow – Carousel, Enjolras – Les Miserable, The Man – Striking 12, Mitch Mahoney – The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Minnesota Opera Chorus and The Mill City Summer Opera Chorus.
PETER ROTHSTEIN (DIRECTOR) has directed 53 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 8 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theatre, 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. Peter has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year by the Star Tribune, 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) has worked extensively as a music director, pianist, and arranger in the Twin Cities for the past twenty years, including forty mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da. She has also music directed for Children’s Theatre Company, the Guthrie, Park Square, Mu Performing Arts, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Hennepin Theatre Trust, and the Ivey Awards, among others. Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. She was named a Play-wrights’ Center McKnight Theater Artist Fellow in 2013-2014, Outstanding Musical Director in 2006 and 2008 from Star Tribune, Best Music Director in 2010 from Lavender, and Theater Artist of the Year in 2012 from Lavender.
KATE SUTTON-JOHNSON (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/SCENIC DESIGNER) previously designed scenery for Theater Latté Da’s productions of Into the Woods, Cabaret and Parade. She has also designed regionally at the 5th Avenue Theatre, the Indiana Repertory Theatre, the Riverside Theatre, the Weston Playhouse, and others. Based in the Twin Cities since 2004, Kate has designed numerous local productions including The Rocky Horror Show, Grey Gardens, and Beauty and the Beast at the Ordway; Constant Star and Well at Park Square; Beyond the Rainbow at History Theatre; and Shrek the Musical and Disney’s High School Musical at the Children’s Theatre Company. Kate also designs museum exhibits, most notably the national touring exhibition, MAYA Hidden Worlds Revealed, which premiered at the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2013. She was honored with the Ivey Award for Emerging Artist in 2007.
ALICE FREDRICKSON (COSTUME DESIGNER) is excited to be back at Theater Latté Da after working on OLIVER! last season. Recent credits include Brand for Commonweal Theatre, Next to Normal for Weathervane Theater, Unraveled for Theater Unbound, Independence at Theatre in the Round and Three Sisters for Nightpath Theatre. She currently works as a Costume Design Assistant at the Guthrie Theater, where she most recently worked on Stage Kiss, Juno and the Paycock, and The Cocktail Hour. Originally from Oklahoma City, Alice is a graduate of Knox College.
PAUL WHITAKER (LIGHTING DESIGNER) Theater Latté Da: Evita, Spelling Bee, Light in the Piazza. New York credits include The Public Theater, Atlantic Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, MCC, The Play Company, Ma-Yi, Intar, Labyrinth and others. Regional credits include The Guthrie, Yale Repertory Theatre, South Coast Repertory, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theater, The Alley, The Huntington Theatre Company, The Children’s Theatre Company, Centerstage, A.C.T., Hartford Stage, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, and others. Paul has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Amherst College, and is currently a Senior Lighting Designer and Senior Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook.
JACOB M. DAVIS (SOUND DESIGNER) is thrilled to make his Theater Latté Da debut with Sweeney Todd. He is a Minneapolis-based Sound Designer and Engineer and you can hear his work with local companies such as Nimbus, Theatre Pro Rata, Gremlin, Tedious Brief, as well as regional and international companies like Mark Taper Forum, Cirque du Soleil and Universal Studios. Jacob teaches sound design and sound engineering and is the Technical Director for Intermedia Arts. He holds a MFA in Sound Design from CalArts, and a BFA in Theater Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth. Much love to Liz, Evelyn and James.
BENJAMIN OLSEN (PROPERTIES MASTER) is a scenic and properties designer based in Minneapolis and St. Paul. He trained in the liberal arts at St. Olaf College; studied theatre in London, art in Manhattan, and literature in the West Indies; 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: Bloomington Theatre and Art Center: La Cage aux Folles (set), God of Carnage (set); All My Sons (set); Stages Theatre Company: The Little Mermaid (set); Theater Latté Da: Into the Woods (props), Sweeney Todd (props). Upcoming: Bloomington Civic Theatre: Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (set); Theater Latté Da: Gypsy (associate props). www.benjamindavidolsen.com
KEELY 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, Walking Shadow Theater Company, Torch Theater, Classical Actor’s Ensemble, Gremlin Theatre, 20% Theatre Company, Lyric Arts Main Street Stage, Mounds Park Academy, North Hennepin Community College, the Science Museum of Minnesota and many others. Keely is also a regular contributor to the Voice and Speech Trainer Association’s VASTA Voice publication.
CARL FLINK (MOVEMENT COORDINATOR) Artistic Director of the Minnesota Dance Company Black Label Movement (BLM), Carl’s awards include: the 2015 Twin Cities Star Tribune Best of MN list; the 2012 Twin Cities City Pages Best Choreographer and Artist of the Year; a 2014 MN Dance Community Sage Award; 2008 and
2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Choreography; and 2010 and 2012 MN Ivey Awards. Flink is the University of Minnesota’s Nadine Jette Sween Professor of Dance. During the 1990s, he was a member of the Limón Dance Company and Creach/Koester Men Dancing, among others. He holds a JD from Stanford Law School, a University of Minnesota Political Science degree, a Women’s Studies BA, and was an attorney for Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Inc. from 2001–2004. He is proud to be a part of his second Theater Latté Da production!
DYLAN WRIGHT (PRODUCTION MANAGER) is enjoying his fourth season with Theater Latté Da. In the summer, he moves outside and serves as Production Manager for the Mill City Summer Opera, most recently producing Daughter of the Regiment last season. He previously worked as Production Manager for Illusion Theater, managing the mainstage season, the new works series: Fresh Ink, and several tours, including My Antonia and Bill W. and Dr. Bob. Dylan graduated from Hamline University with a BA in Theatre Arts.
TIFFANY K. ORR (STAGE MANAGER) Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany received her Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004. After graduation, she spent two seasons with Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, where she became a proud member of The Actors Equity Association. Previously with Theater Latté Da she stage managed Cabaret, OLIVER! Steerage Song, Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, Beautiful Thing, All Is Calm, Song of Extinction, and Evita. While in the Twin Cities, she has also had the opportunity to work with the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Pillsbury House Theatre, and Penumbra Theatre Company. For the last six years, Tiffany has enjoyed spending her summers in Wichita, KS, as a part of the stage management team at MTWichita.