Last week we talked about party preferences, but who are these people, really? Here's a more in-depth look at the lovely and talented people who have worked hard to bring our new show to life. Don't forget, you can reserve tickets to Emma Woodhouse Is Not A Bitch over at Brown Paper Tickets! -Candy
Blake E. Bolan (Director) is a founding member of SU, and is grateful for the warm welcome she received after her stint as an English teacher in Korea. Originally from Manhattan, KS, she received an education in theater from the Manhattan Experimental Theater Workshop and the University of Kansas. She's had the pleasure of working in various capacities with Bedlam, Jeune Lune, Nautilus, Nightpath, and Skewed Visions in the Twin Cities, as well as Seoul Players in South Korea. She is consistently amazed at the talent and hard work of the people involved in this show. Also, she is glad that sometimes the actors call her Blake Teacher and give her hugs, just like her Korean pre-schoolers.
"Mr. Weston is such a good humored, pleasant, excellent man, that he thoroughly deserves a good wife"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 1
Charles Campbell (Mark Weston) is an interdisciplinary artist and co-founder of Skewed Visions. He has created multiple original performance pieces with Skewed Visions since 1997.
Zac Campbell (Set/Props/TD) is undeniably jazzed to be working with Savage Umbrella for his Minneapolis debut. A worldwide native with a long list of hometowns, Zac recently graduated with an MFA in design from Michigan State University. His life centers around good music, good people, and amazing theatre.
"Her objections to Mr. Knightley's marrying did not in the least subside. She could see nothing but evil in it."
-Emma Volume 2, Chapter 8
Tanner Curl (George Knightley/Playwright) is damn excited to work with this talented cast and crew. Tanner grew up on a farm in Iowa. He has been involved as a writer, director, producer, and actor in numerous Savage Umbrella productions since 2010. He became a company member in 2011. Tanner thanks Laura for being open and often inappropriate in their writing adventures; Blake for being patient and smart in her directing; Kathryn for being generous and spirited on stage; and most especially, his wife, Emily, for being supportive, kind, and beautiful. In his free time, Tanner enjoys anthropomorphizing his cat, Henry, and eating sandwiches.
"I quite rave about Jane Fairfax.--A sweet, interesting creature. So mild and lady-like--and with such talents!--I assure you I think she has very extraordinary talents"
-Emma Volume 2, Chapter 15
Emily Dussault (Jane Fairfax) has previously performed with Savage Umbrella in The Awakening, Leaves, and The Ravagers. Other companies Emily has worked with include Bloomington Civic Theatre (Sunday in the Park With George), The Moving Company (Come Hell and High Water), and Theatre in the Round (You Never Can Tell, Room Service, Bus Stop, Independence). Emily is thrilled to be working with the lovely SU family again. And she is incredibly proud of her talented actor/writer/inappropriate joke-telling husband Tanner.
"I did not believe him. William seemed rather out of humor"
-Emma Volume 3, Chapter 16
Eric Elefson (William) is delighted to be performing with Savage Umbrella! This is his first production with them and he has loved every minute of it. Eric recently graduated from Hillsdale College where he majored in Theatre and minored in English. Some of Eric’s favorite roles include George Gibbs (Our Town) and Christy Mahon (The Playboy of the Western World). In his spare time, Eric likes to play guitar, read old books, and practice his juggling skills. He would like to thank you for coming and hopes you enjoy Emma Woodhouse Is Not A Bitch!
"She will never submit to any thing requiring industry and patience, and a subjection of the fancy to the understanding"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 5
Kathryn Fumie (Emma Woodhouse) is gratified to be collaborating with Savage Umbrella for this challenging new work. She was previously seen in Savage Umbrella’s The Ravagers and Care Enough. Around the Twin Cities, she has worked with Pioneer Place, Public Dreams Theater, 20% Theatre, and GTC Dramatic Dialogues, among others. In the summer months, Kathryn runs FoodFumieAndYou, a food blog/podcast following what's fresh at the St. Paul Farmers' Market. Kathryn graduated from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts; she also studied a year of acting, movement, and history at Shakespeare's Globe in London.
"Oh that I had been satisfied with persuading her not to accept young Martin!"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 16
Parker Genné (Bobbi Martin) is an actor-singer from Minneapolis. Past enjoyable theater adventures include Futurity: A New Musical by the Lisps (Walker Art Center), Come Hell and High Water (The MovingCompany), playing Marian the Librarian, and her own work Ms. Luisa Eats. Ms. Luisa Eats has had successful runs at both the Minnesota and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, and will be dining again this year in Minneapolis and NYC. Next on Parker’s plate is lending her vocal skills to Cynthia Hopkins's This Clement World at the Walker. Parker also sings and dances as a teaching artist with KAIROSalive’s dancing heartTM program. Thanks to her family clan, glorious sunsets, and Fred and Ginger.
Jessica Spivey (Assistant Stage Manager is thrilled to be working on her second show with Savage Umrella. The cast and crew are brilliant, sassy, and wonderful to work with. Jessica enjoys coffee, cats, and jumping in puddles. Enjoy the show!
"She was a very pretty girl, and her beauty happened to be of a sort which Emma particularly admired"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 3
Hannah K. Holman (Harriet Smith) is a company member of Savage Umbrella. Originally from Bloomington, MN, she received her undergraduate degree in theatre arts and music from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. As a director, writer, performer, and enthusiastic volunteer, Hannah has been involved with a variety of theaters/companies including Pillsbury House + Theater, Freshwater Theatre, Theater Latté Da, The Jungle Theater, and the Children’s Studio Theatre at the Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre. By day, she works at The Loft Literary Center. Savage Umbrella performance credits include STOP! (Night of New Works), Rain Follows the Plow workshop, The Ravagers, and Ex-Gays.
"'My dear Isabella,' exclaimed he, hastily, 'pray do not concern yourself about my looks. Be satisfied with doctoring and coddling yourself and the children, and let me look as I choose'"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 12
Taous Claire Khazem (Isabella Knightley) teaches theatre to youth, young adults and adults with disabilities at SteppingStone Theatre, The Children's Theatre, and Interact Center for the Arts. She also recently joined the COMPAS artist roster. She has worked as a theatre artist in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, France and Cameroon. Locally, she has performed with Interact Center, Pangea World Theater, Frank Theatre, and Off Leash Area. Taous trained at the Jacques Lecoq International Theatre School in Paris, France and holds a B.A in Theatre and French from Macalester College.
Laura Leffler-McCabe (Playwright/Artistic Director) is the Artistic Director of Savage Umbrella and is really happy this show is happening. She’s originally from Kansas City, got her master’s from the University of Kansas (rock chalk) and has worked with a few theatre companies in the Twin Cities. She owes a huge debt of gratitude to the SU folks for helping to make this production happen - especially Tanner and Blake - and to all these beautiful artists who are joining in on the adventure. Thank you to the audiences, too, for helping to create the moments that create the conversations. Yep, just so darn happy and grateful. Talk to her if you know of a good barbecue joint in the Cities.
"Miss Bates, are you mad, to let your niece sing herself hoarse in this manner? Go, and interfere"
-Emma Volume 2, Chapter 8
Christina Lein (Kate Bates) is a Savage Umbrella Company member. By day, she works as a special education teacher at Woodbury Middle School. By night, she teaches dance at Betty Jo's Dance Center in Apple Valley. Recent artistic adventures include creating and directing STOP! for SU’s Night of New Works, and she was the assistant to the costume designer for Interact Center's winter show Madame Josette's Naughty and Nice Cabaret.
"What has Mr. Frank Churchill done, to make you suppose him such an unnatural creature?"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 18
Mason Mahoney (Frank Churchill) is a Savage Umbrella company member. Other productions with Savage Umbrella: Rapture (workshop), Care Enough, The Ravagers. He is also proud to have performed with Nimbus Theatre (The Balcony), Gadfly Theatre (The Taming of The Shrew, Suburban Redux, Hidden: A Gender), and PSADT (Angels in Amberica: Millenium Approaches). Offstage life includes working at the Minnesota History Center, and acting for ProCrisis training corrections and law enforcement in crisis intervention.
Ted Moore (Sound Designer/Composer) is a composer, sound designer, and educator living in Minneapolis. His works have been performed across the country, including recent performances in Berkeley, CA (Festival of Contemporary Music); Dublin, NH (The Walden School); Chicago, IL (Access Contemporary Music); and The Cedar Cultural Center. As a sound designer, Ted has worked with Nautilus Music-Theater on Joan of Arc, Europera 5, and The View From Here; Freshwater Theater Company’s Better or Worse; and on Savage Umbrella’s Care Enough. Contact him at www.tedmooremusic.com.
Claire Nadeau (Stage Manager) is ecstatic to be working with Savage Umbrella again for the fourth time. She loves working with these crazy cool cats and can’t thank them enough for the laughs and friendships. Claire has Stage Managed for almost 2 years now and is pretty proud of that time. She wants to thank the cast for being amazing and for not complaining about her many, many emails. And thanks to the crew for working so hard, being wonderful, and for making this show look beautiful on stage!
"Such a friend as Mrs. Weston was out of the question. Two such could never be granted"
-Emma Volume 1, Chapter 4
Sheila Regan (Anne Weston) previously performed with Savage Umbrella in Ex-Gays in 2011. Other recent acting roles have included Anna in Harold Pinter’s Old Times, Masha in Anton Chekov’s The Three Sisters and Witch I in Macbeth, all with Nightpath Theatre Company. She has also created original work including The Keys Experiment, as part of the Red Eye Works in Progress series as well as Artery 2010. She writes regularly for City Pages and the Twin Cities Daily Planet, and recently completed a research project about theater in Minnesota in the 1960s and 1970s, through legacy funding from the Minnesota Historical Society.
Nora Sachs (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be joining Savage Umbrella again after performing in their production of Care Enough last season. A Milwaukee native, she came to Minneapolis to study at the University of Minnesota where she received a B.A. in theater and French with a minor in Italian. Nora recently directed Since the Kids are Gone for Freshwater Theater Company's Better or Worse play festival. Look for her upcoming collaboration on the U.S. premiere of The Crossroads with the Alethia Company in early April.
Courtney Schmitz Watson (Lighting Designer) is a Minneapolis based designer. She earned her MFA in lighting design from the University of Iowa in 2009. Locally, she has worked with Lyric Arts, RawRedMeat Productions, Dangerous Productions, Rosetown Playhouse, Nimbus Theatre, and Black Dirt Theatre. She also maintains a working relationship with two Iowa City based theatres, Riverside Theatre and Working Group Theatre. Courtney is honored that Emma Woodhouse Is Not A Bitch will be her first show with Savage Umbrella, and she looks forward to a wonderful future with the company. www.schmitzwatson.com
"Not that James ever complains"
-Emma Volume 2, Chapter 11
Carl Atiya Swanson (James Fairfax) is a company member of Savage Umbrella, and when he's not making cameos in shows, he's trying to find the best ways to make this experiment of ours as big and beautiful as possible. As well as @savageumbrella, follow his other escapades at @catiyas, @crown_sparrow and @cakeIn15. "The time to be awesome is now." - #KidPresident