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Inherit the Wind

Inherit the Wind

About The Show

JAN 19 – FEB 24, 2024

Previews: Jan 17–18


By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

Directed by Peter Rothstein


Feel the heat of the courtroom in the sizzling American classic Inherit the Wind, an explosive drama inspired by the most important trial of the 20th Century. As a media circus descends upon a small American town, two of the largest figures of their time engage in a battle of wits and wills to ensure that justice is served, in the process charting the course of education for generations. An international phenomenon that became an Oscar®-nominated film, Inherit the Wind will get your pulse racing as you relive a defining moment of American history, brought to life by Asolo Rep’s new Producing Artistic Director Peter Rothstein.


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Creative Team Bios

Drayton Alexander He/They 
(Dramaturg) Highlights at Asolo Rep include Cabaret (transfer to The Old Globe), Man of La Mancha, Chicken and Biscuits, and workshops of Stellar Atmospheres and Dancing in the Blue Light. Other dramaturgical highlights include Spin at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (Theatre Weekly Award, Best Solo Performance), Taylor Mac’s ball-pit play The Fre (world premiere), Not My Monster (OBA nomination, Best Family Entertainment), Syncing Ink, Scraps (world premiere), and good friday at The Flea Theater. Drayton was the Co-Artistic Producer of Serials for two years and has worked with such theater companies as The Vineyard, The New Group, New Earth Theatre, and Singapore Repertory Theatre. He received an Olwen Wymark award from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain and holds an M.F.A. from NYU Tisch Asia. 

Ross Egan
(Managing Director) Ross is the Managing Director at Asolo Repertory Theatre. Ross’ arts administration career began in Chicago where he was a co-founder of Jeff-award-winning Refuge Theatre Project. Ross has served as Managing Director at Barter Theatre, the nation’s longest-running professional theatre, and as Director of Marketing & Operations at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Ross holds a B.F.A. in acting from Michigan State University and an MBA from Illinois State University. He lives with his family in Lakewood Ranch and proudly serves as a den leader for the Boy Scouts of America. 

Fabian Fidel Aguilar He/Him  
(Costume Design) Fabian attended the Yale School of Drama for his M.F.A. and Boston University (B.F.A.) to pursue theatrical costume design. Credits include DIG (Playwright Horizons), Three Sisters, Twelfth Night (Two River Theater), Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed, Max Makes a Million, Winnie the Pooh (Alliance Theatre), Wait Until Dark, Queen of the Night, Slow Food (Dorset Theater Festival), Straight White Men, Mlima’s Tale, In the Heights, Man of La Mancha, Romeo and Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), American Mariachi, Mother Road (PCPA), Afterglow, Safeword (Midnight Theatricals), Recent Alien Abductions (Play Co.), ¡Bienvenidos Blancos! or Welcome White People! (Team Sunshine, Philadelphia), A View from the Bridge, Seven Spots on the Sun. Set and costume for The War Boys (NYC), Sotto Voce (Portland Stage), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Moors (Yale Repertory Theater world premier).   

Jonathan Godfrey He/Him  
(Music Supervisor) Jonathan is a guitarist and composer whose internationally commissioned works have been described as “invitingly poetic” (Boston Globe) and range from choral music to a banjo concerto. Previous Asolo Rep credits include arranger and guitarist for Man of La Mancha and pit-musician for Knoxville, Stand Back Sarasota!, The Sound of Music, Ragtime, and Evita. He has performed over 20 programs with The Florida Orchestra and in the national tours of Mean Girls, Chicago, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He is on faculty at the University of South Florida, Florida Southern College, and the State College of Florida, and music directs for Parrish United Methodist Church. He holds a Doctor of Music from Indiana University. www.TampaBayGuitar.com 

Michelle Hart She/Her  
(Hair/Wig & Make-up Design) Hart designs for Asolo Repertory Theatre and FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Other credits: Sarasota Ballet, Palm Beach Drama Works, Free Fall Theatre, Urbanite Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Banyan Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall, Venice Theatre, Dorset Theatre, Barrington Stage and Open Stage Theatre. She has also done hair and/or make-up for Joan Rivers, Doris Roberts, Martin Short, Jane Russell, Arlene Dahl, Soledad Villamil, Jane Pauley, Richard Dreyfuss, Castille Langdon, Christopher Higgins, Mary Mara, Heather Robb, Lauren Sweetser, Justin Long, Paul Downs, Douglas Sills, and Nia Hills. Music videos “Second Chance” by Shinedown, “Reverse Cowgirl” by T-Pain. Film and television: Lady Of The Manor, Paradise, FL, and The Real Stephen Blatt.   

Jenny Kim-Godfrey She/Her  
RUBY E. AND CAROLE CROSBY FAMILY FOUNDATION GUEST MUSICAL ARTIST (Music Director and Vocal Arrangements) Jenny is a Korean-American music director, voice coach, and an award-winning opera singer. She is a resident voice coach with Cirque du Soleil, PerformerStuff.com, and a resident music director with Norwegian Cruise Lines. She has served on the Faculty at University of Albany, University of Tampa, and Sehan University (Korea). Some of her favorite directing credits include; Cabaret, Tell Me On a Sunday (Peterborough Players), Velvet, Choir of Man (NCL) and Man of La Mancha (Asolo Rep). Jenny holds her master’s in vocal performance (opera) and choral conducting with an outside field in arts administration from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Jenny is a proud immigrant from South Korea and is grateful to return to Asolo Rep on the other side of the table alongside her husband Dr. Jonathan Godfrey as a collaborator. Full bio: www.JennyKimGodfrey.com | IG:@jennykimgodfrey 

Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  
(Playwrights) Jerome Lawrence (1915-2004) and Robert E. Lee (1918-1994) collaborated for more than fifty years and were among the most prolific playwriting teams in the American theatre. In addition to their Pulitzer-nominated Inherit The Wind, their other major stage works include the comedy hit Auntie Mame, the books for the musicals Mame and Dear World, and the plays The Night Thoreau Spent In Jail, The Gang’s All Here, and First Monday in October. In 1990, they became members of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center and were inducted into the National Theatre Hall of Fame. 

In addition to receiving recognition for their work in the theatre, they have also been honored for their contributions as writers for radio, television and film. Master craftsmen and teachers of playwriting, Lawrence and Lee communicated to their students a passionate belief that the theatre must be a forum for ideas and issues of social significance. The Lawrence and Lee Theatre Research Institute, established at The Ohio State University, houses an outstanding growing collection of memorabilia and personal papers of theatre artists from all over the world. 

Kristin Loughry She/Her  
(Assistant Stage Manager) Kristin is thrilled to be back in sunny Sarasota! Previous Asolo Rep credits include Silent Sky, Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, The Cake, Grand Horizons, Eureka Day and the unopened production of The Great Leap in the Cook. Additional credits include shows with Baltimore Center Stage, Hangar Theatre Company, Infinity Theatre Company, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, NewArts, New London Barn Playhouse, Primary Stages, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Soho Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, NYU Grad Acting, and The New School. Proud AEA member and Ithaca College alum. Mucho mucho amor para Gaby (y Turbo).  

Victor Meyrich  
(Production & Operations Director) Victor is a graduate of Carnegie Tech and worked at New York Shakespeare Festival, Brandeis, University of California Institute of Repertory, APA, American Conservatory Theater, and again in New York. As head of production and technical staffs, he is responsible for the overall technical operation of Asolo Rep and its facilities. He wrote the architecture program for both the Center for the Performing Arts and the Koski II expansion and is the owner's representative on both projects. He has been a member of the Asolo Rep family since 1969.   

Matthew T. Parker He/Him  
(Sound Design) Matthew received his B.F.A. in Theatre Production Design and Technology from Ohio University. He was the resident sound designer at Monomoy Theatre in 1990. He has worked sound and special effects at The Flat Rock Theatre in North Carolina on such shows as I Hate Hamlet, the world premiere of Gilligan's Island: The Musical and others in the 1992 season. Since 1993, Matthew has designed sound for many of Asolo Rep's productions. In addition, he wrote and performed the musical scores for The Count of Monte Cristo and Nicholas Nickleby. Outside the theatre world he has designed and programed the show control system for Livingston's Amusements Bazooka Ball arena and produced virtual expositions for the National Watercolor Society. 

Philip S. Rosenberg  
(Lighting Designer) Broadway and West End: Mrs. Doubtfire, Pretty Woman, The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, and It’s Only a Play. Regional: Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Ford’s Theatre, The Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Hartford Stage, Alliance, Huntington Theatre Company, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theatre Center, Denver Center Theatre, The Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, The McCarter Theatre, Manhattan School of Music, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Dorset Theatre Festival, Bay Street Theatre, Goodspeed Opera, Two River Theatre Company, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. 

Céline Rosenthal  
(Resident Casting Director) Céline Rosenthal is a Tony®-nominated producer, “Key” member of The Ring Of Keys, and New Georges Affiliate Artist. At Asolo Rep they directed Grand Horizons, The Incident At Our Lady Of Perpetual Help, The Lifespan of a Fact, Camelot, the Educational Tours of Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, and served as AD to Frank Galati on Knoxville. Céline developed new work with NYMF, New Georges, MTF, Kidoons, and National Queer Theatre, and helms Asolo Rep’s new work series, The Ground Floor. Other Recent Projects: In The Next Room, Angel Street, A Doll’s House, Spike Heels (Studio Theatre), Trayf (New Rep), Drowning in Cairo (N.Q.T), the award-winning short film Wildflower. They are an alumnus of CTI and BMI Lehman Engel Workshop. www.celinerosenthal.nyc   

Peter Rothstein 
(Producing Artistic Director) Peter is the Producing Artistic Director for Asolo Repertory Theatre where he directed Man of La Mancha, Sweeney Todd, and Ragtime. He works extensively as a director of theater, musical theater, opera and new work development. For 25 years Rothstein served as the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Latté Da, a Minneapolis-based company dedicated to new and adventurous music-theater. Other collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, Ten Thousand Things, and Seattle’s 5th Avenue, as well as the Minnesota Opera, Boston Lyric Opera, Florida Grand Opera, and Chicago Opera Theater. Rothstein is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, which had its Off-Broadway debut in 2018 receiving the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience, and has been seen around the globe airing on PBS. Rothstein served on the board of directors for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, Alive and Kickin’, and the Twin Cities’ Ivey Awards. He has been a panelist and evaluator for the Playwrights’ Center, the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Alliance for Musical Theatre’s Festival of New Musicals. He holds degrees in music and theater from St. John’s University and an M.F.A. in directing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  

Jacki Singleton She/Her  
(Production Stage Manager) Jacki is delighted to be back at Asolo Rep! Previously: Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, Chicken & Biscuits, Our Town, The Great Leap, Terrace Season 2020-21, The Crucible, A Doll’s House Part 2, and Noises Off. 22 seasons with American Players Theatre (Spring Green, Wisconsin), including recent projects Love’s Labour’s Lost and Oedipus. Others: Animal Farm at Milwaukee Repertory & Baltimore Center Stage, Outside Mullingar at the Clarence Brown Theater in Knoxville, TN, three seasons at Forward Theater (Madison, WI), seven seasons at Madison Repertory Theatre, and numerous Chicago theaters including the Goodman Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, and Next Theatre. 

DeWanda Smith Soeder She/Her  
(Cultural Competency Coordinator) DeWanda is an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) strategist whose work involves change management, talent, organization development, and training experience. Specific to this work is her research and thesis, “Theatre as a Diversity Intervention.” She holds a M.A. in Psychology, and a B.S. in Health and Human Services. In addition to being a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), her credentials include Prosci Certified Change Practitioner, Instruction and Development (DDI), Human Interaction (NTL), Emotional Intelligence (The Hay Group), and Adjunct Professor of Psychology.   

Kate Sutton-Johnson 
(Set Designer) In 2019, Kate made her Asolo debut, designing the set for Sweeney Todd. She is so pleased to be back this season, collaborating again with the theater’s talented administrative staff, artisans, fabricators, and stagehands. Kate is based in the Twin Cities and has designed dozens of shows locally and nationally, most recently for a new play entitled Sounds Inside which she also wrote and directed. Her theater design credits include contemporary dramas, classical theater, large-scale musicals, devised work, and everything in between. Additionally, Kate works extensively in the museum world, designing exhibit experiences that focus on natural history, anthropology, science, childhood development, ethnography, archaeology, and conservation.

Cast Bios

Sasha Andreev He/Him
(E.K. Hornbeck) Last seen in Ragtime as Tateh, Sasha is delighted to return to Asolo Repertory Theatre. Based in Minneapolis, he was recently seen as Marvin in Falsettos at Theater Latté Da. Sasha performed off-Broadway, on tour, and on PBS in the Drama Desk-winning All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914. Regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Actors Theatre of Louisville, History Theatre, Mixed Blood Theater, and Theatre de la Jeune Lune. On screen, Sasha has been seen in Stranger Things (Netflix), as host of Curb Appeal (HGTV), as a guest expert on multiple shopping networks, and in numerous commercials and films. IG: SashaAndreevNow 

Riley Aparicio-Jerro She/Her
(u/s Melinda Loomis) Riley makes her debut in Inherit The Wind with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Known for her standout roles as Nemo in Finding Nemo at Sarasota Players and Young Ti Moune at West Coast Black Theatre, Riley brings a dynamic energy to every performance, and is thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the amazing cast, director, and production team at the Asolo. Riley would like to thank her mentors, friends, and family for their support and encouragement in her theatrical journey. 

Curtis Bannister
(Reverend Jeremiah Brown) 2021 winner of the Actors Equity Foundation Roger Sturtevant Award: Outstanding Performance in Musical Theater, 2021 Drama League Award nominee: Best Concert Performance, 2023 Joseph Jefferson Award (The Jeffs) nominee: Outstanding Performance by a Principal Actor in a Musical. Recently, Curtis has performed in Big River (Jim) at Mercury Theater Chicago, Bernstein’s MASS (Soloist 1, Celebrant u/s) at The Kennedy Center, The Pajama Game (Sid) at Theater at the Center, Ragtime (Coalhouse), and The Last Five Years (Jamie). He is currently the concert partner of Tony and Grammy Award-winner Heather Headley throughout the U.S. and will make his solo concert debut in November 2024 in Washington DC. Film and TV credits include his Tribeca Film Festival debut in The Conductor (Marquis), the Apple TV+ Peabody Award-winning series Dickinson, NBC’s Chicago Fire (Reimers). www.thecurtisbannister.com, IG: @thee_cb, X: theecb. 

Mark Benninghofen
(Henry Drummond) Actor Equity Association. Guthrie Theater: Juno and the Paycock, Born Yesterday, Appomattox, Time Stands Still, The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide, Great Expectations, St. Joan, A Christmas Carol, The Merry Wives of Windsor. Theater Latté Da: Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music, Six Degrees of Separation, To Let Go and Fall. History Theater: Tyrone and Ralph, Lord Gordon Gordon. Minnesota Jewish Theater Company: Compulsion. Park Square Theater: Shooting Star. Dark & Stormy Productions: The Hot House. TV and Film: Movie Stars, Frasier, Drew Carey, Chicago Hope, The Public Domain, Wilson, La Stanza Accanto, Older Than America, and Herman USA. 

Danny Bolero
(Meeker) Danny was recently awarded the NYC 2023 Bisto Award and MAC award for his critically acclaimed one-man show; They Call Me Cuban Pete, the music and genius of Desi Arnaz. He made his Broadway debut in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and returned to Broadway with In The Heights, which led to him originating the role of Kevin on the first National Tour. Last year, he returned to Broadway once again in In Plaza Suite, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick. He is proud to be the voice of character Abuelo on the PBS Kids animated series Alma’s Way. Films: Townhouse Confidential, Rapid Eye Movement, Low Tide. Many thanks to everyone at CTG and Entertainment Labs, and to the Angeles on my shoulder. @ELAactorinNYC, www.dbolero.com. 

David Breitbarth
(Mr.Goodfellow/Judge; u/s Henry Drummond) Over 80 productions at Asolo Rep include: Murder on the Orient Express (also at Maltz Jupiter), Rhinoceros (also at American Conservatory Theartre; San Francisco), The Little Foxes, Both Your Houses, The Grapes of Wrath, Glengarry Glen Ross, Clybourne Park, God of Carnage, Once in a Lifetime, Twelve Angry Men, The Immigrant. World premieres of Men of Tortuga, Perfect Mendacity, A Few Good Men, Laughing Stock, A Flea in Her Ear, Rounding Third, Art, Hobson’s Choice, and Nicholas Nickleby. Broadway First National Tour: Spring Awakening. Off-Broadway: Short Change, Perfect Crime, Fluorescent Hunger, and This Hard Life. Los Angeles: Life in the Trees (West Coast premiere) and David’s Mother. Film and television: Frasier, Taken!, Law & Order, and Fame. He is a 12-year ensemble member at Florida Repertory Theatre in Ft. Myers and has appeared regionally around the country. David is a 2013 Lunt-Fontanne Fellow selected by the prestigious Ten Chimneys Foundation. He is thrilled to be back at Asolo Rep. 

Jaliyah Campbell She/Her
(Melinda Loomis) Jaliyah is thrilled to be performing in Asolo Rep’s Inherit the Wind. Jaliyah has a natural talent for acting, singing and dancing. Her past performances include Brundibar, Black Nativity, Fame The Musical, The Technicolor Musical, Once This Island, and Holidays in Hamony. In June 2021, Jaliyah landed her first movie role in Playing Through.  At 12 years old, this dynamic performer always strives to give 100 percent; with the talent, dedication and charisma that captivates the hearts of audiences every time. 

Luke HoonMin Choi
(u/s Cooper/Dr. Allen Page/Elijah/Sillers) Luke HoonMin Choi is a dedicated actor based in New York, who was born in Korea. He is known for his commitment to the craft. He started his career at Meta Artist Troupe and recently finished his B.A. in theater at Queens College, NY. With a range of experiences and skills, he brings authenticity to every role he takes on.   

Trezure B Coles She/Her
(Mrs. Loomis; u/s Rachel) Trezure Coles is from Newport News, Virginia. Some works include: Eureka Day (Asolo Rep), Stick Fly, Love’s Labour’s Lost (FSU Conservatory), Antony and Cleopatra, Eurydice (TAM), A Christmas Carol, Comedy of Errors (Virginia Stage Company), Once on This Island, Gem of the Ocean, The Color Purple (NSU Theatre Company). Education includes: B.A. in Drama and Theatre at Norfolk State University, 3rd year M.F.A. acting candidate at FSU Asolo Conservatory. 

Zach Harris He/Him
(u/s Betram Cates/Organ Grinder/Bannister) Zach is very excited to begin training and learning at FSU/Asolo Rep. He looks to vastly expand his skills and knowledge in Theatre during his time at the Conservatory. Zach graduated from UNC Wilmington, where he discovered his passion for acting, and earned a B.A. in Theatre and a minor in Biology. He is looking forward to growing alongside the class of 2026.   

Brielle Rivera Headrington She/Her
(Rachel) Brielle is grateful to be participating in her second season with Asolo Rep and sharing the stage with her class of 2024. You last saw her on Cook Stage as Sheila in An Inspector Calls, and The Princess in Love's Labour's Lost. She adores and thanks God, her family, friends, and teachers here at the Conservatory. She'd like to recognize Denise Parker, Gayle Justice, and Cheryl Williams for the support that has gotten her to this point in her life. A special shoutout to her husband, Isaiah. 

Jason Hedges
(u/s Dunlap) Jason is a multi-instrumentalist musician, singer/songwriter, and actor from Gainesville, Florida and has been performing since childhood. He has been a SAG/AFTRA Member for the past 20 years and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade and film acting at HB Studios in NYC. Jason is also a professional musician and when he’s not recording, performing and touring, he spends his time playing bedside for patients at local hospital’s Arts in Medicine program. 

Calee Gardner She/Her
(u/s Mrs. Bollinger) Calee is overjoyed for her Asolo Rep debut as part of her FSU/Asolo Conservatory M.F.A. Acting journey. Recent credits: Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Tampa Rep), Margot Frank in The Diary of Anne (Stageworks), Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility (HTCO) and The Sketchbook in Scenes of an Execution (PTP/NYC). Originally from Utah, she holds a B.F.A. in Music-Dance-Theatre and is an accomplished dramaturg and vocal instructor. Caleegardner.com 

Lorenzo Gonzalez
(u/s Howard Blair) Lorenzo, a vibrant 10-year-old born in Bogotá, Colombia, now resides in Sarasota, Florida. Since moving at the age of three, he has embraced his new surroundings with enthusiasm. Currently in fifth grade at Pine View School, Lorenzo shines with his artistic talents. His passions for acting, dancing, and playing the piano are evident, showcasing his incredible artistic qualities from a young age. Lorenzo's zest for the arts makes him a standout student and a budding artist. 

Amara Kali She/They
(u/s Mrs. Krebs) Amara is a Sacramento native, black feminist storyteller, and first-year student at FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Her recent regional credits include Beneatha in A Raisin in the Sun (6th Street Playhouse), Lily in Crumbs from the Table of Joy (Town Hall Theatre), and staged readings at Berkeley Rep and Crowded Fire. She sends immense gratitude to those who have provided the foundation for her to tell stories – her family, lifelong mentors, and ancestors. 

Andrew Long He/Him
(Matthew Harrison Brady) Broadway – The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. BAM- Richard III (directed by Sam Mendes), The Iceman Cometh. London Old Vic – Richard III. International Tour – War Horse. Park Avenue Armory – The Oresteia, Hamlet. Hartford Stage – Heartbreak House, Hamlet. Arena Stage- The Watch on the Rhine, Good People. Shakespeare Theatre Company – Coriolanus, Cyrano, Richard II, The Duchess of Malfi. Guthrie – M. Butterfly, Gross Indecency. Signature Theatre – My Fair Lady, I Am My Own Wife. Repertory Theatre of St. Louis- Copenhagen, Enrico IV , Amadeus. Studio Theatre- Frozen. Film- Blue Jasmine. TV- Archive 81, Blindspot. Helen Hayes Award, Will Award, Lunt Fontanne Fellow.   

Jay Lusteck He/Him
(Mayor/Dr. Amos Keller) Jay is thrilled to return to Asolo Repertory Theatre! Previous Asolo Rep productions include 1776 and A Tale of Two Cities. Selected credits - Broadway: A Tale of Two Cities. Off-Broadway (City Center Encores!): Road Show, Damn Yankees, Kismet, Of Thee I Sing, Juno, Fanny, Pipe Dream. Off-Broadway (Carnegie Hall): Showboat. Off-Broadway (Irish Repertory Theatre): The Bells of Christmas, Beowulf . National Tours: Big River (Deaf West), The Phantom of the Opera, The Producers. Regional: 1776, The Full Monty, Sweeney Todd, Fiddler on the Roof, The Mikado, The Most Happy Fella, Knickerbocker Holiday. Proud AEA member. Love to Shevhan and Bridget! www.JayLusteck.com 

Billy Lyons He/Him
(u/s Mayor/Dr. Amos Keller; u/s Judge) Billy Lyons, from NYC, is a first-year student with FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Off-Broadway: Dancing at Lughnasa at the Irish Repertory Theatre and The Things They Carried with the American Place Theatre. Regional credits include Dancing at Lughnasa, The Imaginary Invalid, and The Time of the Cuckoo at the Schoolhouse Theatre. He directed a documentary, It Takes a Lunatic, about his acting teacher and mentor, Wynn Handman, which is streaming on Netflix. B.F.A. Ithaca College. 

Finn MacBeth
(Howard Blair) Finn is a native New Yorker and a 6th grade student at Booker Middle School in the Visual & Performing Arts Program. He sings with the Sarasota Youth Opera, where he has been a participant since 2018. He has appeared in many productions with Bay Haven School, most recently as Horton in Seussical Jr. Finn has studied violin and piano, both for three years. He is very excited and proud to be appearing at Asolo Repertory Theatre! 

Michelle McCord 
(u/s Mrs. Brady) Michelle is excited to be involved at Asolo Repertory Theatre for the first time! Michelle’s career spans from being a ballerina at the Hannover State Opera, to performing in over 30 productions at Theater des Westens Berlin, including Grand Hotel, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Sweet Charity. 2004 she was a faculty member at NKU and CCM. In 2013, Michelle and her husband Matt opened Ovation- School of Musical Theatre and then Ovation Theatre Inc. 

Rebecca Rose Mims She/Her
(Mrs. Krebs) Rebecca is overjoyed to be in the Asolo Repertory Theatre’s 2023 - 2024 season. She is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University with a B.F.A. in Acting/Directing. Her most recent credits include The Tempest (Miranda) and Othello (Emilia) in Shakespeare on the Green at Nebraska Shakespeare. She would like to thank her oldest sister, Rachel, for running so that she might fly, and her second older sister, Jessica, for loving her unconditionally.  

Angelle Mishon She/Her
(u/s Mrs. Loomis) Angelle Mishon is a first-year student with FSU/Asolo Rep Conservatory. Angelle is from New Orleans and graduated from Louisiana State University with degrees in Performance and International Affairs. Angelle is eager to further explore intersectional identities through performance during her training. She hopes it will allow her freedom to exceed the scope of limitations imposed on identities and bring truth to stage. She has previously worked with Swine Palace (LA) and Williamstown Theatre Festival (MA).  

Yaala Muller She/Her
(u/s Reuters Reporter; u/s Goodfellow) Yaala Muller is honored to participate in her first season with Asolo Repertory Theatre. Originally from Israel, she has spent the last few years working as an organizer and voting rights advocate. Yaala is thrilled to return to the theater as a part of the ensemble at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Some favorite projects include: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Village Players) and Thinking It (Washington University in St. Louis). 

Falcian Page He/Him
(Organ Grinder/Bannister; u/s Davenport, Meeker, Hot Dog Man) Falcian is VERY excited to be back on the Mertz Stage. He was last seen at Asolo Rep. in Our Town (u/s Simon Stimson). Other credits include Yvan in Art, Matt in Red Light Winter, and Governor John Slaton in Parade. Falcian is a third-year M.F.A. candidate at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. B.S. & B.A. from University of Tennessee. All the love to his friends and family! 

Sharon Pearlman She/Her
(Mrs. Bollinger/Reuters Reporter) Sharon was last seen on Asolo Rep’s stage in Eureka Day (u/s Suzanne). She also understudied Our Town and Knoxville during the 2021-2022 season. Other credits include Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (National Tour), Crissy in Hair (White Plains Performing Arts Center), and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka, Japan (original cast). Sharon is a third-year M.F.A. student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. B.F.A. from NYU (Tisch). www.sharonpearlman.com  

Jackson Purdy He/Him
(Elijah/Sillers) Jackson was born and raised in Bellows Falls, Vermont, and is a recent graduate of Temple University (B.A. Theater). He has enjoyed working with the Philadelphia New Playwrights Festival, and locally in Sarasota with Asolo Repertory Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. He is currently in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Much love to all his friends and family!  

Ashley Brooke Raymond She/Her
(u/s Mrs. McLain) Ashley is thrilled to be joining Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory class of 2026! She recently graduated from Western Connecticut State University in 2022 where she acquired a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theater Performance and Psychology. She looks forward to taking part in her first season at Asolo Repertory Theater and is thankful for the warm welcome she has received from this community.  

Jordan Sam Rich He/Him
(Hot Dog Man/Tom Davenport; u/s E.K. Hornbeck) Jordan Sam Rich hails from Atlanta, Georgia and graduated from The University of Michigan’s B.F.A. Acting program. At Asolo Rep, Jordan performed in Fountain and Our Town (U/S Howie Newsome) and understudied Hood (Little John) and Eureka Day (Eli). Professional credits: Pete the Cat National Tour, No Villain at the Public Theatre starring Judith Light. Regionally, Jordan performed at Santa Rosa Rep and worked in many capacities at The Eugene O’Neill. For MDZPLBNMJ. @jordy214  

Mikhail Roberts He/Him
(Bertram Cates) Mikhail first worked with Asolo Rep in the 2021/2022 season, as Understudy for Our Town, Grand Horizons, Hood, and Eureka Day, in which he made his stage debut as the character of Don at intermission (in his street clothes)! Roberts remained in the role for six performances. His international career spans over two decades, and his latest film is set to release this year. Other credits can be viewed in his website: www.mikhailroberts.com  

Ryan Schmidt He/Him  
(Dunlap) Ryan Schmidt is a multi-instrumentalist and performer from Parrish, Florida. Ryan grew up playing and performing in the Manatee-Sarasota area as a guitarist, drummer, bassist, mandolinist, and pretty much anything else he could get his hands on. This is Ryan’s second time performing with the Asolo Repertory Theatre. He has also performed with the Young Americans Dinner Theatre in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, and has been a featured performer with Disney Cruise Line, including being a part of the opening cast of the Disney Wish.  

Brooke Turner She/Her  
(Mrs. McLain) Brooke is an FSU/Asolo M.F.A. candidate and intimacy director from Cleveland, OH, where she earned her B.F.A. in Classical Acting from Baldwin Wallace University. Her previous credits include: Our Town (Wally U/S) at Asolo Rep, Pride and Prejudice (Elizabeth U/S) and Misery (Annie U/S) at Great Lakes Theatre, and Richard III (Lady Anne) at The Idaho Shakespeare Festival. She is grateful for this opportunity and the support of Dad, Christian, and her friends/family. 

Danielle Vivcharenko She/Her  
(Mrs. Blair/Margaret Aaronson) Danielle is ecstatic to be back with the Asolo Repertory Theatre while in her final year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Previously at the Asolo Repertory, Danielle performed in the staged reading of Fountain and understudied Lady Anne/Much in Hood and Joe Crowell in Our Town. In the conservatory season, she was Kimber in Stick Fly. She was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. All the love to Mom and Dad! Daniellevivcharenko.com 

Rueben Wakefield  
(Cooper/Dr. Allen Page; u/s Reverend Brown) Hailing from Chicago Il, Rueben is ecstatic to be back on the Mertz stage. He was previously an understudy for Asolo Rep’s 2021 production of Our Town as Professor Willard. A third-year student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, he has been in productions of Sense & Sensibility, Stick Fly, and Love’s Labour’s Lost. He was last seen in Asolo Rep’s tour of Midsummer Night’s Dream as Oberon. Next up Intimate Apparel.  

Rickey Allen Watson Jr. He/Him
(Harry Esterbrook/Phil/Photographer) Rickey received his B.F.A. in acting from UNCSA and is now in his final year of his M.F.A. at FSU/Asolo Conservatory. Recent Credits: Lysander/Bottom— A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Asolo Rep), Don Armado— Love’s Labour’s Lost (FSU/Asolo), Kent— Stick Fly (FSU/Asolo), John Dashwood— Sense and Sensibility (FSU/Asolo), George (U/S)—Our Town (Asolo Rep), Tommy (U/S)— Grand Horizons (Asolo Rep), George— Our Town (Triad Stage), Richard— Intangible (MCC Theatre), Kaa— Jungle Book (Peppercorn Theatre), King— Princess and the Pea (Missoula Children’s Theatre). 

Sally Wingert She/Her  
(Mrs. Brady) Sally Wingert is very happy to be back at Asolo Rep. Her previous appearance here was as Mrs. Lovett in Peter Rothstein’s production of Sweeney Todd. Sally has worked across the country at The Alley, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Arena Stage, ART, Yale Rep, The McCarter Theater and others. She played London’s West End and Broadway in La Bete, directed by Matthew Warchus. Sally makes her home in the Twin Cities where she has been in over 90 productions at The Guthrie, most recently Lady Bracknell in The Importance of being Earnest. Her work there includes numerous productions with Theater Latté Da, Mixed Blood, Ten Thousand Things, Six Points and many others. 

Will Westray He/Him 
(u/s Harry Esterbrook/Phil/Photographer) Will Westray is grateful to be in his first year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. Most of his training and professional experiences have been in the DC area and, until recently, NYC. He holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory and is a proud DMV native. He looks forward to starting a new chapter with Asolo Repertory Theatre. 

Yueying (Uri) Zhang 
(u/s Mrs. Blair/Margaret Aaronson) A native of Shanghai, Uri began her acting career in 2011 and graduated from the Shanghai Theatre Academy with a B.A. in Musical Arts in 2019. Uri is recognized for her diverse roles in stage productions, TV dramas, films, and singing competitions. Notably, she played the role of Nala in the Chinese version of Disney's The Lion King. Uri feels fortunate and proud to be the first international student at FSU/Asolo Conservatory and is eagerly anticipating collaborating with her talented peers this season.