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Oliver Twist– Cast Bios
Karen Baum (Nancy) is honored to be a PICT Associate Artist after being a featured artist in 2014. PICT credits: Rita in Educating Rita, Trassie Conlee in Sharon’s Grave, Mary Detweiler in How the Other Half Loves, Clarissa in the world premiere of Lissa Brennan’s For the Tree to Drop, Mrs. Joe/Biddy in Great Expectations, Hecate in Macbeth, Scarecrow in Woman & Scarecrow, Edith in Blithe Spirit, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, King Lear, The Shaugraun, and Boston Marriage. Pittsburgh Credits: Pittsburgh Public Theater (most recently Poppy in Noises Off), St. Vincent Summer Theatre, Off the Wall, Playhouse REP, NoName Players, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, Bricolage, Squonk Opera, U.of Pitt’s Shakespeare in the Schools, CMU Interactive. Regional credits: Public Theatre of KY, Theatre54 NY, and various Chicago venues. Film credits: Promised Land, The Road, My Bloody Valentine 3D, KillPoint (Spike TV), The War that Made America (PBS), pilot cast of Ghosthunters:PSI, and A Fancy Piece of Homicide. A BFA grad of Point Park, Karen is also a teaching artist for PICT, The Public, Hope Academy, and Colfax. She would like to thank this fantastic team, family, and PICT audiences.
Justin Bees (Member of Fagin’s Gang / Artful Dodger Understudy) is thrilled to be in his first performance with PICT! Justin is a sophomore Musical Theatre major at Pittsburgh Creative and Performing Arts High School. CAPA performances include Oliver! (Oliver), Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Seussical (JoJo), and Aida (ensemble), among others. Justin also appeared as Dean in the Emmy-Award-winning PBS Children’s pilot of Scientastic! Justin has enjoyed participating in the Pittsburgh Public Theatre Shakespeare Contest (2013, 2014 Finalist; 2015 Honorable Mention). Justin is also a member of the Urban Impact Singers and choir, and he enjoys playing baseball.
Tony Bingham (Bill Sikes) is overjoyed to return to the PICT stage with such an astonishing cast and production crew. This is Tony’s fourth season at PICT. His most recent collaboration with PICT was How the Other Half Loves. Other PICT Credits: Nat in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Herring in Mask of Moriarty, Careless in School for Scandal. Other credits: Bernard in Boeing Boeing for CLO, Presidente in Pantigleize for Quantum, Michael Apres in Heads for The Rep, and Greg in Inky for Off The Wall. Recent film credits: Frank in Franksgiving, Ernie in The Gospel of Ernie, and Uncle Randy in Progression. Tony holds a BA from Point Park and an MFA from the University of Iowa.
Ken Bolden (Sowerberry/Judge/Policeman) is in his fifth season with PICT, having previously appeared as Halliward in The Picture of Dorian Gray, Mardian in Anthony and Cleopatra, Ross in Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood, Lucky in Waiting for Godot, and Uncle Pumblechook in Great Expectations. Most recently, he was seen as Mr. Kraler at the Public Theatre’s The Diary of Anne Frank. He has appeared many times at the Public Theatre, Quantum, Bricolage, The Rep as well as off and off-off Broadway, and in regional theatre. Film: Dr. Rosenberg in Sorority Row, the bank manager in the upcoming Russel Crowe film, Fathers and Daughters and the award winning short film, Lightheaded. He is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA and AEA.
David Cabot ( Mr. Bumble) is happy to be appearing again at PICT having been seen previously in James Joyces’ The Dead ( Mr. Browne), The Shaughran ( Fr. Dolan), Wilde Tales ( The Selfish Giant) and King Lear (various). A 1990 graduate of Point Park University- BA Theatre Arts and 1993 University of Minnesota- MFA Acting, David started his professional career in Minneapolis appearing at The Guthrie Theatre, The Jungle Theatre and The Children’s Theatre Company among others. Since returning to Pittsburgh, he has been seen at Quantum Theatre, barebones, St.Vincent Summer Theatre, StageRight Greensburg and The Rep.
Alexis Cash (Charlotte/Beth) is in her 1st season at PICT. Previous Credits: Ruby in Seven Guitars (No Rules Theatre Co), Myrtle Wilson in The Great Gatsby (Primestage Theatre), Erin in Because You’re Not (Island Fringe Festival in Canada), and more. Thank you to my friends, family, and random strangers for your actions and words of support- forever grateful for the sanity and love amidst the chaos. www.alexiscash.com
Simon Colker (The Artful Dodger) is thrilled to be returning to PICT Classic Theatre for a second season. Simon played the role of Young Pip in PICT’s production of Great Expectations and is grateful to be back on the stage with another Dickens classic. Simon is a ninth grader at Pittsburgh Allderdice High School. He previously went to Pittsburgh CAPA where he appeared in various productions and has performed locally with the JCC of Pittsburgh Performing Arts Program. Simon would like to thank his family, friends, and especially his parents.
Bridget Connors (Mrs. Bumble) is thrilled to working with Alan Stanford and the cast in Oliver Twist. PICT Credits: Synge’s Deirdre of the Sorrows, The Tinker’s Wedding, and When the Moon Has Set. Bridget has also appeared with the Pittsburgh Public Theatre, City Theatre, The Rep, and several productions with Quantum Theatre, most recently All The Names. Bridget has performed with numerous Regional Theatres across the country including the Oregon, Colorado, Santa Cruz and Idaho Shakespeare Festivals, as well as South Coast Repertory, Arizona Theatre Company, Indiana Repertory, New Mexico Repertory, A Noise Within, PCPA Theatrefest, Gable Stage, Florida Stage, Mosaic Theatre, and was a company member of New Theatre in Coral Gables, Florida. Bridget is a Professor of Theatre in the Conservatory of Performing Arts at Point Park University.
Mark Conway Thompson (Mr. Grimwig / Third Gentleman) is delighted to be participating in his sixth project with PICT Classic Theatre. PICT Credits: Julius Caesar, and Great Expectations, movement consultant/choreographer for Salomé, Our Class, and Macbeth. Mr. Thompson has performed on Broadway in Mummenschanz, and was for six years a principal soloist with Ella Jaroszewicz’s movement theater company Le Théâtre Magenia in Paris. He has performed locally with Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Playwrights’ Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Pittsburgh Playhouse, Caravan Theatre, Saints and Poets, and Unseam’d Shakespeare Company; he has appeared in films with Kevin Spacey, Richard Crenna, Tyne Daley, Roscoe Lee Brown, Walter Matthau, and Harry Morgan. Having a special interest in mime and corporal expression, Mr. Thompson has written eight plays for movement theatre and currently performs a one-man-show entitled Flight From Himself.
Jacob Epstein (Member of Fagin’s Gang) is excited to appear in his first show with PICT. An eighth grade Musical Theater Major at Pittsburgh CAPA, he has performed there as The Prince in Cinderella, Rooster in Annie, Chip in Beauty and the Beast, and the ensemble of Footloose. He was also seen at the Pittsburgh CLO in their productions of Singin’ in the Rain as Young Cosmo and as a newsboy in Gypsy. Jacob attends classes at the CLO Academy. Thanks to everyone at PICT for this opportunity.
James FitzGerald (Fagin) is in his nineteenth production for PICT. Recent PICT Credits: William Detweiller How the Other Half Loves, Dinzie Sharon’s Grave; and as PICT’s 2014 featured Artist, James appeared as Didi in Waiting for Godot, Him, in Woman and Scarecrow, Ross MacBeth, and Wemmick in Great Expectations. Other Pittsburgh credits: All the Names, End of the Affair (Quantum Theatre), Charles Ives in Charles Ives, Take Me Home (City Theatre), 1776, Royal Family, Born Yesterday, Our Town (Pittsburgh Public Theatre),Candide (Opera Theatre), Heads (Pittsburgh Playhouse). Chicago credits: Marriot’s Lincolnshire, Apple Tree, Chicago’s Second City, ETC., Royal George among others as well as performing sixteen seasons with Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Regional credits: Cape May Stage, Milwaukee Rep, Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, North Carolina Shakespeare, Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Off Broadway: Rose Rage, directed by Edward Hall. Awards: Recipient of two Joseph Jefferson Awards (Best Supporting Actor), a Jeff Citation (Best Supporting Actor Actor). an OE Award Nomination (Best Actor).
Linda Froehlich (Old Sally/Mrs. Sowerberry/Mrs. Bedwin) is excited to be returning to PICT after playing Molly and Ms. Skiffins in Great Expectations. Previous theater credits include the Off-Broadway production of The Legend of Sharon Shashanovah, the tour of Twelfth Night and Gridlock, a comedy review, which she wrote and produced. She has appeared in multiple Off-Off Broadway productions and regional theater as well as being featured in numerous TV and print commercials. Other TV and film credits include Saturday Night Live, All My Children, Law and Order and New Jack City. She is a board member of the SAG-AFTRA Ohio/Pittsburgh Local and serves on the Conservatory Committee. Linda lives with her husband in Sewickley and is looking forward to ski season.
Parag S. Gohel (Surgeon / Sailor / Bystander) is returning to the PICT stage having previously appeared as Gallus in Antony and Cleopatra and ensemble in The Pillowman. As a freelance artist, Parag has worked in various roles with local companies and organizations, including Bricolage, City Theatre, Prime Stage, Hatch Arts Collective, In Between Theatre, No Name Players, Throughline Theatre, Arcade Comedy, Pittsburgh Fringe Festival, UnSeam’d Shakespeare, Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Parks, and New Renaissance Theatre. While Pittsburgh is happily home base for Parag, he also pursues projects in New York, Philadelphia, and international cities. Many thanks to all involved for the opportunity, love, and support!
Daniel Harmon (Member of Fagin’s Gang) is in his first season at PICT. Before coming to PICT he took two years of acting classes at Gemini Theater. He goes to Commonwealth Connections Academy and is in tenth grade.
Charity Hipple (Member of Fagin’s Gang) is thrilled to be a part of Oliver Twist and have the opportunity to come back and be a part of her second season with PICT. Last season, Charity was Young Estella in Great Expectations. She has performed in numerous other productions with different companies. She would like to thank her friends and family for their support, and the rest of the cast and crew for making this show come to life.
Carolyn Jerz (Member of Fagin’s Gang) is excited to return for her second PICT production, after appearing as Young Estella in Great Expectations last season. Other Credits: She has performed in approx. 50 productions outside Pittsburgh, with Stage Right!, Apple Hill Playhouse, 13Players, the Geyer Performing Arts Center, Laurel Ballet Theatre, and Seton Hill University. Favorite roles: Dani (Dani Girl), Mary Lennox (The Secret Garden), Annie (Annie), Young Fiona (Shrek), and Lucy Pevensie (Narnia), plus student roles as Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. New this year: recording family-friendly stories for WAOB radio, and her first pair of pointe shoes. Awards: 2015 Winner, Lower-Division Monologue, Pitt Public Theatre Shakespeare Contest.
Dylan Marquis Meyers (Noah Claypole / Onlooker) is grateful to be in his fourth season with PICT. PICT credits: Pip in Great Expectations, Young Siward in Macbeth, Martin Crawford in Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme. Dylan received a BA in Theatre from the University of Pittsburgh, where he performed numerous roles with favorites including: Chorus 1 in Agamemnon, Lover in Machinal, and Kynaston in The Compleat Female Stage Beauty. This year, he has begun to work in film, working on an Art Institute commercial and American Pastoral. Dylan would like to thank this company for the grand experiences it has gifted him, the people who he’s met as a result, and the family that has supports him to persevere.
Elliot Pullen (Member of Fagin’s Gang / Oliver Understudy) is excited to be in his second season at PICT. PICT credits: Young Pip in Great Expectations and A Boy in Waiting for Godot. Other credits: Wally Webb in Our Town (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Little Lake Theater), Young Company Ensemble in The Tempest (Pittsburgh Shakespeare in the Park), and various performances with Pittsburgh’s youth Shakespeare troupe, Falstaff’s Fellows since 2012. Awards: 2012 finalist, 2013 & 2015 honorable mention, and 2014 winner in Pittsburgh Public Theater’s Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest. Elliot is a 13 year-old homeschooled eighth grader from Mt. Lebanon. He is an active Boy Scout and a classical guitarist. Elliot would like to thank his friends, family, and theatre mentors for their support and encouragement.
Will Sendera (Oliver) is thrilled to be in his first show at PICT! Local credits: include Newsboy in Gypsy and Ensemble in Mary Poppins at Pittsburgh CLO, Honk in Honk Jr at CLO Academy, and Tobias in The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde at Prime Stage. Austin ,TX credits: Young Tommy in The Who’s Tommy, JoJo in Seussical Jr, Pinocchio in Pinocchio, Schwartz in A Christmas Story, Gavroche in Les Miserables, and Ensemble in Ragtime (ZACH Theatre), and Frank Jr. in Merrily We Roll Along (St. Edward’s University). Will also originated the role of Bobby Jr. in a workshop of ZM, a new musical by Kotis/Hollmann, the team that created Urinetown. Will is in 6th grade at Pittsburgh CAPA and is a student at Pittsburgh CLO Academy.
John Henry Steelman (2nd Gentleman / Pauper / Witness) is in his second season with PICT. PICT credits: Donal Conlee in Sharon’s Grave, Aged Parent in Great Expectations, and Duncan in Macbeth. Select Pittsburgh credits: Ben Weatherstaff in The Secret Garden (Heritage Players), Polonius in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (TACT), Daniel Tucker in The Ruling Class and Teiresias in Oedipus Rex (Throughline), Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing (South Park), and Merlyn in Sword in the Stone (Gemini). Other credits: Indiana Players, Pittsburgh Playwrights Theatre, Pittsburgh New Works Festival, Poor Yorick’s Players, Comtra Theatre, Apple Hill Playhouse, and Punxsutawney Theatre Arts Guild. John Henry has also directed a number of shows for the Indiana Players, including Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge, The Children’s Hour, Godspell, and She Stoops to Conquer.
Jordon Ross Weinhold (Magistrate/1st Gentleman) is in his third season at PICT. He is an actor, music arranger and orchestrator for musical theatre. PICT credits: Herbert Pocket in Great Expectations and Guy Berkeley in Lady Windermere’s Fan. Acting credits: The Full Monty, Into The Woods, The School For Scandal, The Producers, Sweeney Todd and Kiss Of The Spider Woman. Orchestrations: Ed Dixon’s Cloak & Dagger (Signature Theatre, directed by Eric Schaeffer), The Cobalteans, Toulouse! The Musical and Shylock. Jordon has arranged and orchestrated concert material for GLEE’s Alex Newell. Awards: BroadwayWorld Award for Best Musical Direction (Sunday In The Park With George) and an NYMF Honor Award for Best Orchestrations (The Cobalteans, New York Musical Theatre Festival 2015). Up next: Jordon is orchestrating the Pittsburgh premiere of Sister Act for Pittsburgh Musical Theatre as well as creating a new orchestration for Legacy Theatre’s production of Into The Woods. Education: Point Park University (Musical Theatre).
Lance Wilhelm (Charley Bates) is in his first season with PICT. He is a sixth grade student at Dorseyville Middle School in the Fox Chapel Area School District. For the past four years, Lance has trained with the CLO Academy in downtown Pittsburgh, where he has performed in several student productions. He has worked with his acting coach Nancy Mimless for the past two years. He appreciates all of the time, effort and experience that his CLO teachers and Nancy have shared with him. Lance would also like to thank his family, friends, teachers and all who support and encourage his desire to act. He is very grateful for the opportunity to join this incredible cast of Oliver Twist.
Amy Wooler (Oliver’s Mother / Woman / Female Pauper) is excited to be in her second season at PICT. Previously with PICT, she appeared as the Gentlewoman in Macbeth. University of Pittsburgh Stages Credits: Curse of the Starving Class (Emma), Agamemnon (Chorus), and VENUS (Chorus).
Oliver Twist– Production Team Bios
Liz Atkinson (Sound Designer)– is delighted to return to Pittsburgh to work with PICT Classic Theatre for her sixteenth year. She previously designed PICT’s Sharon’s Grave, Educating Rita, Macbeth, Our Class, Chekhov Celebration, Pinter Celebration, Synge Cycle, and BeckettFest, as well as The History Boys, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, and Julius Caesar, among many others. Locally she has designed for City Theatre as resident sound designer, including productions of Midsummer, Oblivion, The Seafarer, Mother Teresa is Dead, Intimate Apparel, Missionary Position, The Good Body, and Pyretown. Other favorite soundscapes include The Goat, Chicken Snake, One Flea Spare, The Visit, and Floyd Collins (Pittsburgh Playhouse Repertory Company) and Pantagleize, Breakfast with Mugabe, Therese Raquin, and After Mrs. Rochester (Quantum Theatre). Additional regional theatre credits include Walnut Street Theatre, InterAct Theatre, Hartford Stage, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, and Merrimack Repertory Theatre. Liz also had the honor of exhibiting at the 2007 and 2011 Prague Quadrennial.
JOHNMICHAEL BOHACH (Scenic Designer) is returning to PICT for his third full season and is deeply honored to be named one of PICT Classic Theatre’s Featured Artists for the 2015 Season. PICT credits: Sharon’s Grave, How the Other Half Loves, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Blithe Spirit, and Sherlock Holmes and the Crucifer of Blood. He has also worked locally with Pittsburgh Opera, Prime Stage Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO, Kinetic Theatre, and Microscopic Opera, in capacities ranging from set design, props, and scenic painting. Other design credits: The Crucible, The Mousetrap, The Devil’s Arithmetic, The Importance of Being Earnest, Turn of the Screw, The Great Gatsby, The Elephant Man, The Glass Menagerie, Tuesdays with Morrie, Our Town (Prime Stage Theatre), An Ideal Husband, You Can’t Take It With You (Lincoln Park Performing Art Center), Sherlock’s Last Case (Kinetic Theatre), Riders to the Sea, Lizbeth, Three Decembers (Microscopic Opera) Letters to Sala, Tartuffe, Bare, Jekyll & Hyde, The Wild Party, Nine, and Rent (Stagedoor Manor, Lock Sheldrake, NY). Johnmichael is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with BAs in Theatre Arts and Architectural Studies. www.jmbsetdesigns.com
Lucas Blanchard-Gluekert (Assistant Master Electrician) is returning to PICT after acting as light board operator for Jaqcues Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris and assistant master electrician for Sharon’s Grave. Lucas graduated from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina with a degree in theatre studies in 2014, after which he moved to Pittsburgh to pursue a career in theatrical production. In North Carolina, Lucas worked on productions at Guilford College, Elon University, Triad Stage, and Greensboro CityArts. In Pittsburgh, he has also worked with Flyspace Productions and is excited to be working with PICT!
Cory F. Goddard (Stage Manager) in his eleventh season with PICT. Favorite PICT credits include: Heartbreak House, Stuff Happens, Lieutenant of Inishmore, House & Garden, Salome, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Waiting for Godot, and the Beckett, Synge, Pinter, and Chekhov festivals. Other Pittsburgh credits: Quantum Theatre, Bricolage, The REP, and Kelly Strayhorn Theater. Cleveland Credits: Parade, The Laramie Project, Grey Gardens, and the non-equity premieres of Brooklyn, Phantom of the Opera, and [title of show]. Cory is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College. He would like to thank Rebekah, George, Vicki, Philliam, Alicia, Gianni, Liz, and the Wetness.
Jennifer Kirkpatrick (Scenic Charge Artist) – is in her third season at PICT. PICT credits: Educating Rita, Sharon’s Grave, How the Other Half Loves, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, For the Tree to Drop, Great Expectations, Macbeth, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Woman and Scarecrow, Waiting for Godot, Blithe Spirit, Sherlock Holmes & the Crucifer of Blood, A Skull in Connemara, Don Juan Comes Back from the War, and Lady Windermere’s Fan. Other credits: scenic artist for Il Mondo Della Luna, Seven Guitars, The Trojan Women: A Love Story, Lives of the Saints, and You Can’t Take It With You (Carnegie Mellon University) and scenic artist for Stage Door (Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center). Jennifer is a graduate of Ohio University with a BFA in production design and technology.
Phill Madore (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to return to PICT for his 7th season. Phill served as resident stage manager for 4 seasons and Production Manager for 3. Favorite PICT credits: Salome, BeckettFest, The Pinter Celebration, and King Lear. Phill has recently moved back to Pittsburgh after 5 years in New England. While away he spent 2 seasons at North Shore Music Theatre where he worked on a dozen musicals including Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Les Miserables, and Chicago. Other regional credits: The Weston Playhouse Company and New Rep Theatre. Phill trained at Point Park University and has been a proud member of Actors Equity for 10 years. Much love and gratitude to his husband Shawn.
Joan Markert (Costume Designer) – is in her eighth season at PICT. PICT credits: Sharon’s Grave, Great Expectations, Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Blithe Spirit, The School for Scandal, An Ideal Husband, Othello, Hobson’s Choice, The Mask of Moriarty, The School for Lies, Lady Windermere’s Fan, Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood, and The Importance of Being Earnest (remounted from the Abbey Theater production). Other credits: All four Pittsburgh Playhouse companies as well as International Summer Dance, Jewish Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Prime Stage. In her spare time, Joan grows orchids, enjoys her cats, and is working on programs for inventorying and tracking costumes and props cryptically titled CODpiece (costumes) and WIMP (Where Is My Prop). Joan graduated from CMU with an MFA in costume design.
Liam B. Nute (Assistant Stage Manager) is returning to PICT as the assistant stage manager after working on Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Towards the Somme, Macbeth, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Sharon’s Grave, and Educating Rita as an ASM and Great Expectations as the light board operator. Liam has found a family here and is excited to be back working with the wonderful people at PICT! He would like to thank his parents for all of their support, and for just going with it.
Nathaniel Siebert (Master Electrician) is excited to return for his second season with PICT as a Master Electrician. Last season, he was the master electrician for both Macbeth and Great Expectations. Outside of PICT, Nathaniel freelances as a lighting technician, which can take him anywhere from theater and film to corporate and live events.
James Thome (props master)– is in his first full season at PICT after acting as props master for How the Other Half Loves, Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and For the Tree to Drop. He also acted as the assistant props master for Sherlock Holmes & The Crucifer of Blood and a carpenter for Great Expectations for PICT. Lately, he has been freelancing for Artistic Adventures (Orlando, FL), Dallas Baptist University’s Phantom of the Opera (Dallas, TX), Heritage Theater Festival (Charlottesville, VA), and Carnegie Mellon University and others within the greater Pittsburgh area. As a Pittsburgh local, he is excited to be working in his hometown for PICT and is looking forward to working with such talented artists to create an epic theater season.
Keith A. Truax (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be joining the company of Oliver Twist. Currently Keith is a 3rd Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University, where he is pursuing an MFA in Lighting Design. PICT credits: Sharon’s Grave, How The Other Half Loves and Women and Scarecrow. Other design credits: Altar Boyz for Pittsburgh CLO, Beggars Opera for CMU, Sherlock’s Last Case and Romance for Kinetic Theatre Ensemble, Fred Astaire Awards & Destiny Raising for NYCDA Foundation. Future Projects: First Date for Pittsburgh CLO and The Plague in Venice for CMU School of Drama. www.keithtruax.com