THE CAST - DARK OF THE MOON - JUNE 2014

in alphabetical order

Suzanne Bracken (Mrs. Summey):

Suzanne Bracken is a firm believer in Peter Pan’s ideal of never growing up. Starting out in children’s theater, studying music and dance at the age of ten, Suzanne found her passion for performance early in life. Now cleverly disguised as a responsible adult, Suzanne still performs on stage, film and occasionally at renaissance festivals. She is Managing Director of Ludicrous Theatre-Chicago and has been seen in their productions of Hippolytus, Radio TBS, Sleeping With Straight Men, Rocky Horror, Conquest of the Universe, Sordid Lives, Southern Baptist Sissies and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Also a collective member emeritus of LiveWire Chicago Theatre, she has performed in their productions of Hedda Gabler, Uncle Vanya, Much Ado About Nothing and Life is a Dream. Film credits include independent films Vanessa Rising, The Directed By, Ball Busters, The Truth About Average Guys, Actually Adieu My Love and Happy Man’s Pants. Suzanne also does voice-over work and has recorded her first album Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice with the renaissance musical comedy group she co-founded, SistersStrange. Suzanne holds a BFA in Music Theater Performance from Millikin University. She dedicates all her performances in memory of her parents, Robert & Jacqueline Bracken, who always encouraged Suzanne to “be who you want to be.”

 

Aaron Cammack (Fair Witch/Hank Gudger):

Aaron Francis Cammack delightfully anticipates making his debut with the New American Folk Theatre. Some favorite credits include King Henry V from HENRY V and Princeton from AVENUE Q at the Warren Theatre in Corpus Christi, Texas. Recently, Aaron appeared as Sister 1 in Transcendent Ensemble Theatre Company’s production of THE SISTER TWINS at The Parlor Theatre. He also contributed to Studio 22’s short film, Monologue. Aaron trains with Kathryn Gately and Richard Poole at the Gately/Poole Conservatory and pleasurably awaits the opportunity to begin the MFA Acting program at the University of Washington in Seattle beginning this September. He is a KCACTF Region 6 Finalist, and a recipient of the Best Actor Award at his Alma Mater, Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi. For more information, visit his website: aaroncammack.weebly.com. 

 

Grant Drager (Floyd Allen):
Grant Drager is incredibly excited to finally step onto the stage with NAFT after falling in love with this company and it's members near it's inception. With a BFA from Oakland University in Rochester MI Grant has been in Chicago 2 1/2 years. Grant just came off of the run of "Hey! Dancin! Hey! Musical" (Randy massingil ) with the awesome Factory Theatre company. Other credits include (Andy/Bill/SpaceLion) in Hell in a Handbag's Christmas Dearest, where he will be returning this Holiday season as (Rudolph) in their production of Rudolph the Red Hosed Reindeer. Before that in Cowardly Scarecrow's "Musical of the living Dead" this fall he will be making a return for his 2nd year in the shows 5th as Ted every 8pm. Other noted performances include "Miami Nice-A Golden Girls Musical" (Blanche) with Gorilla Tango[Writer-Jeff Bouthiette] and El-Stories with Waltzing Mechanics. And a summer at Timberlake playhouse as a resident performer. CJPBFL

 

Colin Fewell (Preacher Haggler):
Colin Henry Fewell is an associate company member of NAFT, and is beside himself to be back in the friendly confines of the Den. He was last seen at the Citadel Theater in their production of Cabaret. Other recent credits include Bob Cratchit in A Klingon Christmas Carol (Commedia Beauregard,) Alderman Henry Palmer in Streeterville (Theater-Hikes Chicago,) as well as L. Frank Baum in NAFT's own Marvelous Land of Oz. On behalf of himself and the ensemble: We thank you for your support.

 

Sarah Gise (Barbara Allen):
A recent transplant from the City of Angels, Sarah is thrilled to be making her New American Folk Theatre debut. She is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated from the prestigious North East School of the Arts. She also holds a BFA in acting from the University of Southern California, where she trained under the direction of brilliant professors including Lora Zane and Gates McFadden. Upon graduating, Sarah landed the lead role in the Ensemble Studio Theatre LA's world premiere production of The Belle of  Belfast for which she was awarded the LA Weekly Best Actress award. Favorite credits include the lead roles in Medea, Proof, and Cabaret. Locally, she has worked with Wayward Productions, Artemisia, and Seanachai Theatre Company. Sarah is also an ensemble member at Ensemble Studio Theatre LA. She would like to thank her family and friends for being the most loving and supportive group anyone could ever ask for.

 

Charlie Irving (Dark Witch/Miss Metcalf):
Charlie Irving is beyond excited to be a part of the New American Folk Theatre's production of DARK OF THE MOON. She has trained at The Second City, ActOne Studios and Lou Conte Dance Studio. While earning her History and Psychology degree at Roosevelt University she trained under Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) professors including Ray Frewen and Kestutis Nakas.  Favorite roles include Catherine in Proof and any of the 15 characters she plays as a company member of the hilarious Murder Mystery Co. Charlie extends thanks to all who came out to support live theater and, as always, Mike.

 

Caitlin Jackson (Edna Summey):
Caitlin Jackson is pleased as punch to be back with her New American Folk Theatre boys for our first production of our second season!  Recent Chicago credits include: Two From the Trailer Court, Marvelous Land of Oz (Mombi) and a staged reading of Kennedy’s Children (Carla) all with NAFT; Ludicrous Theatre: Rocky Horror Show, Conquest of the Universe…, Sordid Lives (Latrelle); All Rise: Diets are a Girl’s Best Friend with Walkabout Theatre/Knife & Fork; Cowardly Scarecrow’s Musical of the Living Dead (Helen Cooper – 2013), Christmas Dearest (Bette Davis) with Hell in a Handbag Productions; and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania/Hippolyta) with Strangeloop Theatre. Coming up next, you can see Caitlin as “Miss Spink” in the Chicago and Midwest premier of the musical Coraline with Black Button Eyes Productions, opening at City Lit Theater on August 8, 2014. Special Thanks to this AMAZING cast and crew and extra special love to Anthony & Jamz. Love & Thanks always to M,D,K&S. More info at caitlinrosejackson.com.

 

Kirk Jackson (Marvin Hudgens):
Kirk Jackson is super excited to be appearing in his second production with New American Folk Theatre! He is a graduate of Illinois State University's acting program, and continues his education through the many collaborative experiences, Chicago's rich acting community has afforded him since. He could recently have been seen as Oberon/Theseus (u/s) in Strangleloop Theater's A Midsummer Nights Dream, Eddie/Dr. Scott in Underscore Theater's Rocky Horror Show, and Brotherboy in Ludicrous Theater's Sordid Lives. He would like to thank this amazing cast and crew, his fellow NAFT company members, and his wife Caitlin especially for a truly unforgettable experience!

 

Jeff Kurysz (John):
Jeff Kurysz is absolutely ecstatic to be a part of this beautiful show. He recently finished working on Boho Theatre Ensemble's Jeff Award Nominated production of Amadeus and Transcendent Ensemble Theatre's The Sister Twins, along with DOTM cast member Aaron Cammack. Jeff is a proud company member with Red Theatre, where he was last seen in their Chicago premiere of Red Hamlet. He is represented by Big Mouth Talent and recently had a recurring role on NBC's Crisis. In July, Jeff can be seen in The Arc Theatre's Much Ado About Nothing as the role of Claudio. He'd like to thank his family and friends for their unending support and everyone at NAFT for letting him be apart of this show! 

 

Josh Mattingly (Mr. Allen):
Josh Mattingly attended Indiana State University, where he studied acting and playwrighting. He is a founding member of Quest Theatre Ensemble and has also worked with The Bailiwick, Circle Theatre, Silk Road Rising and, most recently, Rasaka Theatre Company. He can also be seen playing saxophone, clarinet and EWI (look it up,) with the band Environmental Encroachment. He has a wife, Tobi, who is also in this show. She's smart, pretty, supportive and fun to hang out with.

 

Tobi Mattingly (Mrs. Allen):
Tobi Mattingly is thrilled to be sharing the stage with Anthony and under the direction of he and Jamal, having previously worked with both in various other roles. She is also excited beyond words to be treading the boards for the first time ever with her husband, Josh.

Tobi graduated from Millikin University with a degree in musical theatre performance, and now works full time as a creative in various roles. She has served as director, music director, actor and singer for groups all over the region. In particular, she is a frequent collaborator with Andrew Park and Scott C. Lamps, having music directed the world premieres of a number of their original works at Quest Theatre as well as the highly acclaimed Holiday Fantasea and One World shows at Shedd Aquarium. Tobi has also done on-camera and print work for various midwest companies. In addition to her work with adults, Tobi has a passion for the next generation of actors and musicians and works frequently as a teaching artist, having taught through the Auditorium Theatre, American Theatre Company's Mosaic and Bridge programs, Citadel Theatre, Improv Playhouse, Bucktown Music, the Beverly Arts Center, Long Lake Camp for the Arts, and at various schools around Chicagoland. Tobi is the founder of Artistic Conspiracy, an organization dedicated to using the arts to foster understanding and connection. She teaches Shiva Nata, a movement-based meditation system that has similarities to Tai Chi and certain martial arts. You can learn more about everything she's up to at www.ArtisticConspiracy.com and www.TobiMattingly.com.

 

Amber Lee Olivier (Conjurwoman/Mrs. Bergen):
This marks Amber's second show with NAFT.  She graduated from the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland in 2002 and has since performed internationally as a dancer and actress. Highlights for Amber so far have been touring Greece as a principle dancer in the rock musical of "The Birds;" originating the one-woman-show, "Dancing For Men" at the Playhouse in Derry, N. Ireland; and before moving to Chicago she was a dancer in Los Cabos, Mexico. She would like to acknowledge and thank all the artists she's met along the way who continue to inspire and mold her.

 

Anthony Whitaker (Conjurman/Uncle Smelicue):

Anthony grew up in Greenville, SC, where, he began performing at age 10. Whitaker performed with the Greenville Little Theatre, The Warehouse Theatre, The Greenville Fine Arts Center, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, and the Singing Christmas Tree. Since leaving South Carolina, he has performed in Atlanta (Center Stage Atlanta and Georgia State University), The Lost Colony in Manteo, NC, The Golden Apple Dinner Theatres in Sarasota and Venice, Florida and many venues in Chicago (The Royal George, Emerald City, Beverly Arts Center, Theatre on the Lake). In addition to performing, Anthony teaches elementary and junior high music in the public and Catholic School systems, and directs productions for various south side schools and the Beverly Arts Center.

 

Rich Wotkun (Mr. Summey):
Rich is delighted to make his NEW AMERICAN FOLK THEATRE debut at The Den as part of the DOTM cast. Rich has been in several plays and musicals in NWI and a few independent movies, music videos in and around Chicago. Recently, Scrooge in Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, HCT Production, Mayor Wentworth in She’s No Angel. Beatniks Production, Swifty and Mark in All in the Timing, HCT Production, Mr. Brownlow in Oliver, L’Arc en Ciel Production. Rich lives in Highland IN and works in manufacturing in South Chicago. Thanks to the loving folks at The New American Folk Theater and specially to my lovely wife, Cindy.

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