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Andrea is from Newport Beach, CA. She is so thankful for this opportunity to act alongside her classmates this year. She thanks her wonderful sponsors, Gene and Saralyn Oberdorfer, Nancy Markle, and Joyce Meyer for welcoming her into this Sarasota community and supporting her in her grad school endeavors. Finally, she sends thanks and love to her family scattered around the country for being her cheerleaders. To the audience, “Thank you for supporting live theater!!”
Matt studied theatre arts at Eastern Michigan University, where his favorite roles included Hamlet, Romeo, Jimmy in Reefer Madness, and Dr. Frankenfurter in The Rocky Horror Show. He has also performed with the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, Performance Network Theatre, A Crew of Patches touring Shakespeare company, and Chicago Tap Theatre. A big thanks to his sponsors George Kole and Judy Zuckerberg, Bruce and India Lesser, his mom, his family, the Kosins, and especially his fiancée Annette for being awesome.
Gracie Lee Brown holds her BA in Theatre Performance from San Diego State University. Past credits include: The Clean House (Lane), Paradise Hotel (Angelique), A Midsummer Nights Dream (Titania), Gypsy (Mazeppa), Musical of Musical the Musical (Abby). She was most recently seen as Helena in Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre’s production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Big thanks to her sponsors Herbert and Maija Kaufman and Claudia Coville. Love to my family and friends for their constant support!
Most recently, Michael worked with the Nebraska Shakespeare Festival, playing Demetrius in Titus Andronicus and First Officer in Twelfth Night. Originally from Rochester, NY, Michael earned a BS in Theater from Skidmore College. Other regional credits include: Williamstown Theater Festival, Geva Theater, The Theater at Monmouth and Bristol Valley Theater. He sends his heartfelt thanks for the love and support of his parents, Cutlet and his wonderful donors, Maurie Richards, Jack Kesler, Dorothy McLachlan and Betsy Coville.
Asolo credits: You Can't Take It With You (U/S Alice), The Heidi Chronicles (U/S Betsy and Becky), and The Game's Afoot (U/S Aggie). Other credits: Little Women (Amy), Gypsy (Louise), Les Miserables (Cosette) and Hamlet (Ophelia). B.A. from State University of New York at Binghamton. Other training: Wynn Handman Studio. Thanks to Mom and the Henkel Clan, Greg Leaming and the Conservatory teachers, her sponsors, Roz Sedlezky and the Bradbury Family, and, especially, her class.
Before coming to the Asolo Paul lived for six years in New York City, working extensively in Off-Off Broadway theatre with HorseTrade Theater Group, Mainspring Collective, Emerging Artists Theatre, Heiress Productions, and the American Theatre of Actors among others. When he's not acting Paul enjoys playing guitar and writing rap beats. He would like to thank his amazing donors Edie Winston, and Eric and Angel Hissom for making all of this possible. They rock!
Jory is an Arlington, Texas, native and a proud graduate of Trinity University. Last season at Asolo Rep, he appeared in the Conservatory’s production of Twelfth Night, served as a sign language consultant for Clybourne Park, and worked as choreographer-star Noah Racey’s assistant on Pulse. Favorite credits include Urinetown (Bobby), Burn This (Larry), and Pride’s Crossing (Porter/David). He thanks his family, classmates, and sponsors Eva Slane, Edie Winston, and Bill Yandow for their unending support.
Most recently Matthew appeared as Theseus/Oberon in Pensacola Shakespeare Theaters production of A Midsummer Nights Dream. Originally from Minnesota, he holds a B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Some favorite roles include John Honeyman in A Walk in the Woods, Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire and Jerry in Betrayal. He thanks his classmates and donors Jane and George Morgan and the late Esther Mertz for their support, and a very special thank you to his family for their constant love and guidance.
Brian was most recently seen as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream with Pensacola Shakespeare Theatre. He is a proud recipient of a BFA in musical theatre from the acronym SFUAD/WWC. Past credits include Joe Pitt (Angels in America, dir. Jon Jory), Harold Hill (The Music Man), and Sense and Sensibility at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville. His favorite role is of husband to his wife Nicole. They are immensely grateful to those who have made this possible, especially Bob and Beverly Bartner and Warren and Margot Coville.
Olivia Williamson got her B.F.A. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She has performed at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Ten Chimneys, Hangar Theatre, Banyan Theater, and the Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival. Olivia would like to thank Chris and Julie Tanner, John and Christine Currie, Roy and Caryl Kaplan, and Doug Bradbury for being her Sarasota family. She’d also like to thank her family, friends, ensemble, and professors for their support, patience, and guidance.