Company

OSTF is a professional, not-for-profit summer theater company, operating under the auspices of Oberlin College but administered independently of the Theater & Dance Program. The Festival’s Acting Company consists of a combination of professional Equity actors, local non-equity players, and interns (recent alumni and current Oberlin students). We are building a core intergenerational acting ensemble, composed mostly of Oberlin grads who will return to Oberlin as their summer artistic home to do meaningful work with a supportive community of like-minded professional artists. The company works as a collaborative ensemble to create accessible and bold productions.


2009 Inaugural Company

2013 Company

PAUL MOSER* (Producing Artistic Director, Scenic Designer, and Director - Twelfth Night and Light Up The Sky) After earning his BA in Theater Arts and Dramatic Literature from Brown University, Mr. Moser began his professional career as an Equity Stage Manager in NYC, working at theaters such as Soho Rep and the Roundabout. He went on to earn his MFA in Directing from the Yale School of Drama: studying with Lloyd Richards, Ming Cho Lee, and Jennifer Tipton. Mr. Moser then served as Associate Artistic Director of the Indiana Repertory Theater, directing close to two dozen shows, including critically acclaimed productions of The Crucible, A Streetcar Named Desire, Tobacco Road, Torch Song Trilogy, ’night Mother, and Virginia. For the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s Yuletide Celebration, he and collaborator Derek McLane, created a larger-than-life puppet adaptation of A Christmas Carol, which was revived annually for over a decade. Other regional directing credits include productions at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Theatre Virginia, Portland Stage (where his production of A Walk in the Woods received a “Best of Maine” award), Phoenix Theater, Spectrum Stage and New Harmony Theater.

Mr. Moser began teaching Acting and Directing at Oberlin in 1990, where he served as Director of the Theater & Dance Program from 2000 - 2009. At last count, he has directed over two dozen plays at the college, including works by Shakespeare, Moliere, Chekhov, Shaw, Wedekind, Ibsen, Pinter, Blitzstein, Hart, Shepard, Shawn, and Bogosian. In 1992, he formed the Black River Theater Company which developed two of his own original political plays, The Trouble with Dinosaurs and Sanctuary (later presented at The Apple Tree in Chicago). From 1997 - 2001, BRTC produced free family Shakespeare productions. In 2007, he collaborated with former students on Fourth Meal Productions’ NY premiere of Sarah Violet Bliss’s Dorm Stories. In 2009, with the help of colleagues and former students, Moser launched the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, directing its inaugural productions of The Glass Menagerie and The Tempest, and subsequently, Much Ado About Nothing, Our Town, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Bus Stop. Mr. Moser would like to thank his wife Karen Nelson-Moser, and daughter Madeleine Manka for their continued support.
JUSTIN EMEKA* (Associate Director, OC '94) is a director, actor, writer, and teacher. In 2011, he directed OSTF's production of A Raisin in the Sun. He recently directed a multi-racial re-casting of Macbeth set during Reconstruction after the Civil War for Oberlin College. In 2008, he produced and directed a unique production of Death of a Salesman, featuring Avery Brooks as Willy Lowman, for Oberlin College. Other professional directing projects include Living History at the Intiman Thatre in Seattle; Julius X at the Karamu House in Cleveland; Sankofa Theater at Seattle Theatre Group, and A Raisin in the Sun at Artsweet. At the Yale Repertory Theatre, he served as movement coordinator and played the role of Edgar in King Lear. In Seattle, he served for three years as the Artistic Director at the University of Washington's Ethnic Cultural Theater, where he directed The Glass Menagerie, Dutchman, and produced numerous plays for the campus community. He is the recipient of the Seattle Arts Commision Literary Fellowship in playwriting, and the Washington State Film Commision Screenwriting Award. As an actor, Mr. Emeka is a member of Actors' Equity Association and has performed with Yale Repertory Theatre, ACT, the Intiman Theater, Seatlle Children's Theater, Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, and the Seattle Group Theater. Mr. Emeka received his MFA in Directing from the University of Washnigton School of Drama. Mr. Emeka is currently an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Oberlin College, where he teaches directing, acting, and Capoeira Angola. Mr. Emeka works alongside Mr. Moser year round to help this theater festival grow into a self-sustaining operation. 
CAT MILLER (Director – The Diary of Anne Frank) is a director and adapter based in New York.  Select recent credits include: The Exonerated (Next Theater, Evanston, IL in a co-production with Northwestern University and the Center for Wrongful Conviction); Dipika Guha’s A Brief History of America (Drama League DirectorFest, NYC); Caroline Prugh’s Betwixt Them Made (Columbia University’s New Works Now Festival, NYC); Janine Nabors’s Letters to Kurt (Keen Company’s Keen Teens, NYC); Anthony Minghella’s Whale Music (Stella Adler Studio, NYC); a reading of Stephen Belber’s The Power of Duff (Labyrinth Theater, NYC); Greg Hardigan’s All the Happy People (Edinburgh Fringe Festival). Miller was the assistant director for Stephen Adly Guirgis’s The Motherf**ker with the Hat on Broadway (Anna D. Shapiro, director) and will be assistant directing for Sam Gold on the new musical Fun Home at The Public Theater in the fall, 2013. She has also assisted at Playwrights Horizons, Steppenwolf, and Northlight Theater, among others. Awards/honors: Drama League Fall Directing Fellow, 2012; Finalist for The Claire Rosen & Samuel Edes Foundation Prize for Emerging Artists; Directing Resident at Playwrights Horizons; recipient of an SDCF Observership; member of Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. MFA: Northwestern University, BA: Oberlin College. Her website is: catmillerdirector.com
*Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Cast

**HEATHER ANDERSON BOLL (Mrs. Frank – The Diary of Anne Frank; Director of Shakespeare Acting Intensive) has performed in numerous classics and World Premieres around the country, including in New York: Between Us (Manhattan Theatre Club); A Kingdom, a Country, or a Wasteland in the Snow at (PS-122); Writer’s Block (Fresh Play Festival @ MCC); Harvest (La MaMa ETC); Medea Unharnessed (Drilling Company; Innovative Theatre Award Nomination: Best Actress in a Lead Role); and also in  NY, Miss Julie (Julie) in an experimental workshop at Columbia University. Regional credits include Rachel Morse in the World Premiere of Strike-Slip by Naomi Iizuka (dir. Chay Yew) at the 2007 Humana Festival / ATL; 36 Views (dir. Evan Yionoulis) at The Huntington Theatre Company, Boston; Miss Julie (Julie) at Two River Theatre; and Bill W. and Dr. Bob at the Cleveland Play House. Recent work in Cleveland includes Colder Than Here (dir. Joel Hammer) at Dobama Theatre; Grizzly Mama by George Brant (dir. Laura Kepley) at Dobama Theatre; World Premiere of My Barking Dog by Eric Coble at CPT (Best Actress 2011, Scene Magazine); World Premiere of The Aperture at CPT (also at NY Fringe Festival); and as Clytemnestra in Charles Mee’s Iphegenia 2.0 (dir. Matthew Wright) for Cleveland Public Theatre/Oberlin College.  Heather earned her MFA in Acting from Yale School of Drama, where she was awarded the Oliver Thorndike Acting Award in 2003. She is now Assistant Professor of Theater (Acting / Voice) at Oberlin College.  This fall Heather will perform in Time Stands Still (dir. Nathan Motta) at Dobama Theatre. 
**KATHERINE DeBOER (Frances Black - Light Up The Sky) appeared in the 2012 season of OSTF as Mrs. Mister in The Cradle Will Rock. She has performed across the country and at numerous local venues including The Cleveland Playhouse, Ohio Shakespeare Festival, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Dobama Theatre and Porthouse Theatre. DeBoer most recently appeared in Smokey Joe’s Café at Cain Park and as Diana Goodman in Next to Normal at The Beck Center. Other credits include: the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies (Betty Blake); A Little Night Music (Charlotte Malcolm); An Ideal Husband (Mabel Chiltern); Caroline Or Change (Rose Stopnick); Othello (Desdemona); Two Gentlemen of Verona (Silvia); and Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife). She has studied at the Cleveland Institute of Music, as well as the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and holds a BA in Theater from Baldwin Wallace College.
**COLSTON (SKIP) CORRIS (Mr. Van Daan - The Diary of Anne Frank) is pleased to be back at OSTF, having appeared in last year’s production of Bus Stop. Recent audiences have seen him in The Iceman Cometh, The Value of Names, and Waiting for Lefty at Ensemble Theatre, The Great White Hope at Karamu, and in the nationwide Project1Voice production of Charles Fuller’s A Soldier’s Play. For ten years, Skip appeared as Drosselmeyer and Stahlbaum in Ohio Dance Theatre’s annual production of The Nutcracker. In addition, Skip adapted and played Peter Quince in the ODT ballet of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He toured with ODT’s Journey throughout Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Skip is recently retired from the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, where he served as an academic teacher and certified Hostage Negotiator.
**PETE FERRY (Toby Belch - Twelfth Night, OC ’72) was an original member of The Oberlin Group ensemble, under the direction of Herbert Blau in the Inter-Arts Program at Oberlin from 1972 until the group relocated to Baltimore, MD in 1974. Productions included The Oresteia and The Donner Party—which toured Minneapolis, Chicago and Philadelphia, and finally concluded at Richard Schechner’s Performing Garage in New York. In Baltimore, the group reformed as Kraken, with Pete as a member. They produced Crooked Eclipses and Elsinore at The New Theater Festival of Baltimore, which Blau and the members of Kraken helped to create in 1976, ’77 and ’78. Pete left the group in 1978 to become a member of the Young People’s Theater of Center Stage Associates in Baltimore. Pete appeared as Odysseus in The Odyssey (designed by Julie Taymor ’73) and as Merlin in The Once and Future King. Returning to the Cleveland area in 1982, Pete appeared in productions of Kiss Me Kate, West Side Story, and Showboat for The Cleveland Opera; as “Pop” Nunzio in the much acclaimed Playhouse Square production of Tony ’n Tina’s Wedding at The Hannah Theater; and recently with Ensemble Theater as Alvaro Mangiacavallo in The Rose Tattoo, as Alberto Barcos in The Magic Fire, and as Reed Hooker in Beth Henley’s The Lucky Spot; all performed at the Brooks Theater at the Cleveland Play House. Pete returns for his third season at OSTF where he appeared as Will in Bus Stop in 2012 and Claudius in Hamlet in 2011. Recent credits include appearances in the film Take Shelter as Melvin, and in the Cleveland Play House production of EGBDF as the Colonel.
**TRACEY FIELD (Mrs. Van Daan - The Diary of Anne Frank) was last seen at OSTF as Maria in Twelfth Night. She has also appeared in various plays at various local venues, including The Cleveland Playhouse, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Doboma Theatre, The Beck Center for the Performing Arts. In Chicago, she worked with Second City in Chicago, Wisdom Bridge Theatre and The Porchlight Theatre. Around the country she has performed in Seattle and San Francisco. She is a graduate of the Professional Actor Training program at the The American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. Tracey is a proud member of the Actors' Equity Association.  
**MARC MORITZ (Otto Frank - The Diary of Anne Frank, Sydney Black - Light Up The Sky) is thrilled to be returning to the  Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. During the 2012 season, Marc played Mr. Mister in The Cradle Will Rock. Marc originated the role of Talk Show Host in the Broadway production of the Stephen Sondheim / Hal Prince musical, Merrily We Roll Along. He most recently appeared as Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees and Al Lewis in The Sunshine Boys, both at Porthouse Theatre. Other regional acting work includes Great Lakes Theatre Festival/Idaho Shakespeare Festival Co-Production of Into the Woods. Favorite Roles: Mushnik in Little Shop of Horrors; Tateh in Ragtime; Cat In The Hat in Seussical; Chico in Cocoanuts; Malvolio in Twelfth Night; Ezekial Cheever in The Crucible; Emperor Joseph in Amadeus; and Claudius in Hamlet. Theatres: GLTF, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Riverside Shakespeare,  Cleveland Playhouse, Porthouse Theatre, Long Wharf, Goodman, New Harmony, & Dobama. Marc was the Founder/Artistic Director of Cleveland’s popular GIANT PORTIONS IMPROV CO. and has taught and performed with ImprovOlympic and Second City in Chicago and NYC. Directing credits include: Hellcab, The Walworth Farce, and Gutenberg! The Musical! He most recently directed a production of Three Guys Naked From The Waist Down at Weathervane Playhouse as well as A Raisin in the Sun at True North Theatre. Other directing credits include ART and The Christmas Schooner at True North. This past year, Marc directed Frankenstein at Geauga Lyric Guild, A Broadway Christmas at Clague Playhouse, and The 39 Steps at Weathervane Playhouse. Marc was in the Returning Professional Acting program at Kent State University where he—better late than never!—received his MFA.
**KAREN NELSON-MOSER (Stella Livingston - Light Up The Sky) most recently performed the role of Gertrude in Hamlet for OSTF. Prior to that, Ms. Moser played Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie and Mrs. Webb in Our Town. She has been a member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1981. Over the years, she has performed in San Francisco, North Carolina, New York, New Hampshire, and New Harmony, Indiana. She spent six seasons as a company member with the Indiana Repertory Theater in Indianapolis, where she met her husband, Paul. Representative roles include: Wendla in Spring Awakening, Constance in She Stoops to Conquer, Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Bianca in Othello, Sarah in Children of a Lesser God, Diane in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Lucy in Dracula, Agnes in School for Wives, Gladys in The Skin of Our Teeth, Lauren in Torch Song Trilogy, Lee in Marvin’s Room, Vee in Orpheus Descending, Alice in You Can’t Take It with You, Natasha in Three Sisters, Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday, Margot in Dial M for Murder, Lenny in Crimes of the Heart, Ellie May in Tobacco Road, and Elmire in Tartuffe. Ms. Moser holds an MFA in Acting from the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill.
**MATTHEW WRIGHT (Malvolio - Twelfth Night, Carleton Fitzgerald - Light Up The Sky) is an actor, director and theatre educator whose work has taken him across the United States. As an actor he has appeared at such nationally acclaimed regional theatres as The La Jolla Playhouse, The McCarter Theatre, The Clarence Brown Company, The Studio Arena Theatre of Buffalo, Trinity Repertory Theatre, The New Theater, Actors’ Playhouse, and many others. Since moving to the Cleveland area ten years ago, Matthew has appeared at Cleveland Play House, Great Lakes Theater Company, The Beck Center for The Arts, The College of Wooster, Cleveland Opera, Actor’s Summit, Fairmount Performing Arts,  Cleveland Public Theater, and Oberlin College. This summer marks Matthew fifth year as a company member of OSTF where he has appeared as Prospero in The Tempest, Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing, The Aviator in The Little Prince and Polonius in Hamlet, The Professor in Bus Stop, and Editor Daily in The Cradle Will Rock. Matthew has served on the faculties of The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Florida Atlantic University where he headed the graduate actor training program for ten years. He is currently the Program Director and Associate Professor of Theatre at Oberlin College where he’s directed Three Sisters, Dancing At Lughnasa, A Bright Room Called Day, Vieux Carre, Reefer Madness, English Channel, Beautiful Thing, Flora The Red Menace, and the OC/Cleveland Public Theater co-production of Iphigenia 2.0. Matthew has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1988.

**This actor appears courtesy of The Actors' Equity Association.

      

JES BEDWINEK (Miep - The Diary of Anne Frank, Olivia - Twelfth Night, Miss Lowell - Light Up The Sky) is alum of Oberlin College (’05) and is thrilled to be here for her first season with OSTF. She started out in Chicago, performing at Second City, among other theaters. Chicago credits include: Margy in the Chicago premiere of Mae West’s Sex (Prologue Theatre), Catherine in The Foreigner (Metropolis Performing Arts), Sexual Perversity in Chicago (Gorilla Tango), Spring Awakening (Promethean Theatre), The Ville (an on-going LGBT soap opera, BareBoned Theatre), Adventures in Comedy (Improv - The Playground), and Covenant Coffee (Web Pilot).  Jes has also worked with the Moscow Art Theatre at A.R.T. (Cambridge). She currently resides in New York and was seen most recently as Nancy Drew in Nancy Drew and the Mystery of my Parents’ Marriage. She is a member emeritus of Love Creek Productions. NYC credits include: Cheri in the New York premier of In a Wicked Mood (Love Creek), Lizzie in Blood Red Roses (CityShow), Leonide in Triumph of Love (Love Creek), Monster Party (TinyRhino Festival, UglyRhino Productions), Moliére’s Pretentious Young Ladies (Love Creek), Touch Mee (DiversityWorks), Scaba Mcintyre in Penicilla’s Drag Race: STI’s are a Drag (Callen-Lorde TV), and Rise of the Nothing Man (NYU Thesis Reading). Jes is currently an MFA candidate at The New School for Drama.
DAVID BUGHER (Mr. Dussel – Diary of Anne Frank, Feste – Twelfth Night, Owen Turner – Light Up the Sky) is now in his fifth year with OSTF. He has previously appeared in The Glass Menagerie (Gentleman Caller), Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Our Town (Joe Stoddard), Hamlet (Marcellus/Player King), A Raisin in the Sun (Karl Lindner), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom/Egeus), Bus Stop (Virgil Blessing), and The Cradle Will Rock (Cop). Other area credits include: Ensemble Theatre’s production of The Normal Heart (Bruce Niles), and The Beck Center’s The  Imaginary Invalid (Bonnefoy) and Holy Ghosts (Carl Specter). Some other favorite roles are: Eurydice (Father), Suicide in B# (Louis), Hay Fever (Sandy Tyrell), and various roles in two seasons with City Theater Company’s Summer Shorts Festival, Miami, FL. David works at Oberlin College in the Theatre and Dance Department. He is originally from Indianapolis, IN.
DAVE COTTON (Mr. Kraler - The Diary of Anne Frank, William Gallagher - Light Up The Sky) is very happy to be working again with Paul and the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival Company! A director, designer and actor, Dave’s work has been seen on  several stages of the far west side. He is a retired high school teacher who now makes LCCC his “home,” where he is currently serving as an adjunct theater faculty member. Favorite roles at OSTF include Editor Webb in Our Town and Peter Quince in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
BILLY FERRER (Assistant Director - The Diary of Anne Frank, Sea Captain, Priest - Twelfth Night, Assistant Stage Manager - Light Up The Sky) is based in Brooklyn, NY, and is grateful to be back for his second OSTF season. Last summer, he played Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare (dir. Paul Moser) and Junior Mister in The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein (dir. Joey Rizzolo). Previous directing credits include an adaptation of Considering The Bittersweet End of Susan Falls by Adam Levin, Oleanna by David Mamet, The Altruists by Nicky Silver, A Dead Man’s Apartment by Edward Allen Baker, and the self-written Busty.  More recently, Billy has stage managed workshops with New Dramatists, and assisted with readings and productions at The New Group in NYC. He thanks the company for another great summer.
HEATHER HARVEY (Viola – Twelfth Night, OC ’11) is excited for her first year at OSTF. While a student at Oberlin College, Heather participated in over 25 shows and became the President of Pseukay, the Africana Student Performing Arts Collective. Favorite shows at Oberlin include Lynn Nottage’s Intimate Apparel (Esther) and Suzan-Lori Parks’s In the Blood (Director). Since graduating, Heather has moved to New York City. Favorite NYC stage credits include The Colored Museum (Medea, dir. Jordan Mahome); The Trial of One Short-Sighted Black Woman vs. Mammy Louise and Safreeta Mae (The Prosecutor, dir. Petronia Paley). Favorite NYC film credits include Island’s End (Host, dir. John Bush) and County of Kings (Jackie, dir. Raison Allah). Thank you to the cast, crew, and all those who came out to support OSTF.
CHRISTA HINCKLEY (Irene - Light Up The Sky) is very excited her first performance here at  the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. She is currently studying as an M.F.A. Acting student at Case Western Reserve University through its conjoined program with The Cleveland Play House, and will be entering her third and final year this fall. She most recently went on at CPH– with only four hours of rehearsal – as a performing understudy for the role of Gillian in last season’s production of Bell, Book and Candle. Her performances were considered immeasurably successful through standing ovations and highly favorable reviews. For the CWRU/CPH MFA Acting Program, she appeared in The Misanthrope (Arsinoé) and In Arabia We’d All Be Kings (Chickie). Christa was raised in Dallas, Texas and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre, English, and Linguistics from Dartmouth College. Additional theatre studies include conservatory training at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Favorite regional theatre roles to date are Catherine in Proof, Sheila in Hair, and Hope Cladwell in Urinetown. Other professional credits include New York Musical Theatre Festival, New York Theatre Workshop, and Disney’s Theater of the Stars. Christa would like to dedicate her performances in the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival to couples all over the country like her grandparents, who met at Oberlin and spent the rest of their lives together.
AARON PROFUMO (Antonio - Twelfth Night, Peter Sloan - Light Up The Sky) a second year Acting MFA candidate at the Yale School of Drama. Past credits include Have You Been There (Peter), Lottie in the Late Afternoon (Ryan-Principal), and Marie Antoinette (Yale Rep, U/S). He is a graduate of Oberlin College where he pursued Acting, Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies. Oberlin credits include Iphigenia 2.0 (Cleveland Public Theater, Achilles), The Seagull (Konstantin Treplev), Macbeth (Malcolm), and Dark Matters (Ru). At Oberlin College, Aaron was a four-year member and director of the long-form improvisational troupe Primitive Streak and co-founded RTC Studio, a production company that managed, funded and served as creative director on a number of projects including a music video by Dancefloor Diplomacy, the new musical Jerusalem of Gold by Kendell Pinkney (OC ’10), and the raves Voyage and Fracture. He is looking forward to his second summer at OSTF after a year hiatus, and hopes you all have as much fun as he does.
DEBRA ROSE (Maria - Twelfth Night) is an Oberlin native and has been entertaining audiences in Northeast Ohio for over three decades, in every genre from Bach to rock. A dynamic singer and actor, she has portrayed a diverse list of characters in straight and musical theatre including Ella Hammer in The Cradle Will Rock, Lena Younger (Mama) in A Raisin in the Sun, Berneice in The Piano Lesson, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Mrs. Whatzit in A Wrinkle in Time, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Sarah’s Friend in Ragtime, Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Fastrada in Pippin, Woman #1 in And the World Goes Round, and Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense. In her original show, Legendary Ladies, she portrays such musical legends as Marion Anderson, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin and Mahalia Jackson. She has also created presentations of women in history with local significance during Oberlin’s annual Juneteenth celebration. Her love of musical theater has led her to develop a business, Healing Melodies, where she ministers to seniors using music as therapy to stimulate memory and coordination through motivation, movement and storytelling. She believes that music is a gift from God and uses her talent to entertain, touch and transform. Debra holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance, has performed several seasons with Cleveland Opera Chorus and has toured the US, Europe and Asia.
TIP SCARRY (Orsino - Twelfth Night, Tyler Rayburn - Light Up The Sky, OC ’11) is delighted to be back in Oberlin for OSTF, where he was last seen as Laertes in Hamlet. Previous credits at Oberlin College include Macbeth in Macbeth, Dennis in This Is Our Youth, Dorn in The Seagull, Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness!, Buff in SubUrbia, and Irvin in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Tip currently resides in Los Angeles, where he worked on the short film Eidola (Officer), and now shivers a bit when it drops below 62º F. Sincere thanks to the family and friends who have once more come from far corners to see the shows and eat tater tots.

      

SAMANTHA BERGMAN (Margot Frank - The Diary of Anne Frank) is a recent graduate of Oberlin College where she double-majored in Theater and Dance. Previous theater credits include: This is Our Youth (Jessica), Flora: the Red Menace (Maggie), and Water Ways: Part I of the Elements Cycle (Caliga, a spirit) as a part of a collaboration between Oberlin College and Cleveland Public Theater.  This is her first year participating in the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival, and she couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with such an incredibly innovative and devoted cast.
BRIAN GALE (Andrew Aguecheek - Twelfth Night, A Shriner - Light Up The Sky, OC ’14) is a rising senior and a Theatre major at Oberlin College. He would like to thank his friends and family for coming to see him in his first season with OSTF. Past credits include George in The Language Archive (dir. Annie Obermeyer), Polixenes in The Winter’s Tale (dir. Carter Sligh), Boy Gets Girl (dir. Zach Weinberg), and Hot House (dir. Ben Ferber). William Shakespeare once said that brevity is the soul of wit, so there’s that.
AXANDRE OGE (X-and-dr-e, Oh gee) (Sebastian - Twelfth Night, OC ’16)  is a freshman from New York. This is his first production with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. It has been such a wonderful and fun experience for the young actor and he would like to thank the cast for making it so. Past productions and roles include Aladdin in Aladdin, Hickory in The Wizard of Oz, Combeferre in Les Misérables, the Bookseller in Beauty and the Beast, a Shark in West Side Story, black ensemble for Hairspray, Sir Danvers Carew in Jekyll and Hyde, Tenorio in Man of La Mancha, Chas in The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and Aenaes in Trojan Woman. Technical positions include: stage manager for The Little Mermaid; spot light operator for The Music Man, All Shook UpSeussical: The Musical, and Once Upon A Mattress.
ZACH WEINBERG (Peter - The Diary of Anne Frank, Valentine/Guard - Twelfth Night, OC '14) is a rising Senior Theatre major from Bethesda, Maryland. Previous acting credits at Oberlin include roles in Eurydice, Midnight Cowboy, The Winter’s Tale, and The Connection. He has also directed a number of plays in his college tenure, with favorites being Icarus’ Mother, Boy Gets Girl, The Fantasticks, and The Real Inspector Hound. While not in rehearsal has also served as co-Chair of the Oberlin Student Theatre Association, worked as the Teaching Assistant for Introduction to Theatre Arts and Western Theatre History classes, and is one of the current Student Representatives for the Theatre department. Non-theatrical interests include literature, ancient history, and good times. Many thanks to the rest of the cast and crew of OSTF for the hard work and the good times, and the audience members for their support.
ANNIE WINNEG (Anne Frank - The Diary of Anne Frank, OC ’15) is a Psychology major and French minor who just completed her sophomore year at Oberlin College. Originally from outside Boston, she made her professional debut playing the title role in Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at the Boston Center for the Arts. Previous Oberlin credits include Perdita in The Winter’s Tale, Theresa in Boy Gets Girl, and Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She is so grateful to be working with such a talented cast, crew and publicity team and wants to thank them all for their hard work, remarkable dedication and unending support. Special thanks to the incredible new friends she has made in the Ohio theater community this summer who have taught her so much.
COLIN WULFF (Fabian - Twelfth Night, Plain Clothes Cop  - Light Up The Sky, OC ’14) is a theater major, and upcoming senior at Oberlin College. His recent credits at Oberlin include Kenny in Flora the Red Menace, Michael in God of Carnage, Matt in The Fantasticks, Howard in Boy Gets Girl, The Baker in Into the Woods and a soldier in Iphigenia 2.0, a collaboration between the Cleveland Public Theater and Oberlin College. He is most pleased to have this tremendous learning experience alongside such worthy peers.

Crew


JULIA PEREZ (Production Stage Manager, Stage Manager - The Diary of Anne Frank and Twelfth Night, OC ’14) is a rising senior at Oberlin College majoring in Theater and Mathematics. She has stage managed numerous shows during her time at Oberlin, including Lucia Mad (Oberlin College); Oberlin Dance Company 2012 and 2013; The Compromise (Oberlin College); Unexpected Journeys (Oberlin College and Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare); The Importance of Being Earnest (Royal Conservatoire of Scotland); Bus Stop, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (OSTF 2012). This is Julia’s third summer with OSTF, and she is delighted to be working with such a lovely company. Special thanks to Paul, Cat, and her stellar team of assistant stage managers.
HANNAH MONTGOMERY (Stage Manager - Light Up The Sky, Assistant Stage Manager - The Diary of Anne Frank, Twelfth Night) is a rising senior at Oberlin College majoring in comparative literature with minors in history and classical Latin. Recent stage management credits include God of Carnage (Fall 2012 and Commencement 2013), Into the Woods (production stage manager), Student Dance Showcase and Fall Forward 2012, among others. This is her first season at OSTF and she couldn’t be more excited to work with such a talented cast and crew and to further her career as Julia’s permanent assistant.
JOSEPH P. NATT (Technical Coordinator) is happy to be back for his fifth summer with the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. Mr. Natt was Technical Director for OSTF last summer for The Little Prince, A Raisin In The Sun, and Hamlet. He was also the TD for Our Town, A Wrinkle In Time, Much Ado About Nothing, The Glass Menagerie, and The Tempest in the past Summer Festivals. Joe started at Oberlin College in September of 2005 and has worked on shows like the opera of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Assassins, Death of a Salesman, Reefer Madness, Flora the Red Menace, and Where has Tommy Flowers Gone. Joe received his BFA in Theater Set Design and Technology in 1997 from Kent State University. While he was there he worked on several productions such as Vinegar Tom, Hair, Romeo and Juliet, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Little Shop of Horrors. Joe has worked on over 80 productions. He has worked on shows such as Heartbreak House, Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, and Vinegar Tom at Cleveland State University; Joe has worked professionally on Don Giovanni, Die Fledermaus, Pirates of Penzance and Das Barbecu as Technical Director for Lyric Opera Cleveland. He also worked for five seasons at The Cleveland Play House on a variety of shows such as Wonderful Life, The Invisible Man, Eliot Ness in Cleveland, Small Family Business, Touch the Names, and Pecos Bill and the Ghost Stampede. He also survived 72 performances of The Sound of Music as Crew Chief at the Carousel Dinner Theater in Akron, Ohio.
BENJAMIN SANDBERG (Technical Director, Sven - Light Up The Sky, OC ’10) The Captain (U.S.S. Speakeasy and The Fishbowl) is pleased to return to OSTF for a fourth season of brilliance. There is little left unsaid about Professor Sandberg, so it seems superfluous to put his myriad achievements to parchment. An inventor in his limited spare time (having created such monuments of human ingenuity as the beard, sliced bread, and teflon), this descendent of pharaohs finds purpose in creating art that pushes the boundaries of imagination, and perhaps more importantly, physics. Having for some time been locked in a soul consuming conflict with Dr. Gravity, Monseiur Le Grand Sandberg has still managed to write and direct several films that have received nothing short of universal acclaim. Credits include The Fast and the Furious X and Pronouns in Bed: An Extensive Review, along with the revealing historical documentary Theodore Roosevelt\\God Incarnate. Always a scholar, the archduke of Moldova has become a staple of The Public Bathhouse Revelers, a philosophy club that traces membership through Herman Melville, Claude Debussy, and King Charlemagne. Notable acquaintances have rhapsodized on the man, allaying widespread fears of world dominion, saying “Charming is as Sandberg does” (Rin Tin Tin, Dog) and “The rain will not fall upon countenance as lovely as his” (Lil’ Wayne, Rapper) and “Taught me a thing or two, that’s for sure” (Peyton Manning, Papa John’s Spokesman). Having retired from the Justice League and The Crime Syndicate of America, Mr. Sandberg now finds fulfillment in blindfolded fly fishing and upholstering cats.
JEREMY K. BENJAMIN (Resident Lighting Supervisor, Lighting Designer - Twelfth Night) has taught Lighting Production and Design courses and designed lighting for numerous OC productions for the previous six years. Most recently, Jeremy designed lights for the regional theatre premier of Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show for Stages Repertory Theatre in Houston, Texas. As a lighting designer his work has been seen at the Beck Center for the Performing Arts, Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, The Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Department, Cleveland Contemporary Dance Theatre, Cleveland Municipal School District, Cleveland’s Playhouse Square Center, Cleveland’s Dancing Wheels, Great Lakes Theater Festival, King’s Productions, Lyric Opera Cleveland, The Musical Theatre Project, Ohio Dance Theatre, Opera Cleveland, Paramount Productions, Pointe of Departure Dance, and the Village Playhouse. Jeremy also serves as Interim Director of Theater and Production Manager/Technical Director/Designer at Lorain County Community College and is happy to be returning for his third season with OSTF.
EBONY BURTON (Master Electrician, Lighting Designer - Light Up the Sky) hails from the same city as MC Hammer and the Black Panther Party, the sunny side of The Bay where the Athletics play. Her favorite color is green, and she has an irrational fear of Oompa Loompas (seriously...). She spends her time living, working, dreaming, and pursuing artistic endeavors in New York City. She is happy to be returning for her third season with OSTF and to be spending the summer in Oberlin breathing clean, non-New York air and frolicking with albino squirrels in Tappan Square.
MICHAEL McGEE (Lighting Designer -  The Diary of Anne Frank, OC ’08) is a New York based lighting designer. In his 6 years living in Oberlin, he designed dozens of shows for the Theater and Dance department, and was OSTF's lighting designer in 2009 and 2010. In New York, he has worked with The Wooster Group, The New York City Players, and is a founder of the performance group GRANDMA with fellow Obies Peter Mills Weiss and Tim Platt. His work has been seen at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Redcat Theater, and Yerba Buena Performing Arts Center. He is currently pursuing an MFA in stage lighting at NYU Tisch. He’s also lighting a bunch of musicals in a barn in New Hampshire this summer! 
CAROLYN MRAZ (Set Designer – The Diary of Anne Frank, OC ’05) is a Brooklyn-based designer for theater and live performance, and a proud Oberlin College alum. Recent New York credits include: The (*) Inn (Target Margin), SPACEMAN (Incubator Arts), queerSpawn (HERE), Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Society/HPAC), King John (New School), Love Lab (Lee Strasberg Institute), Barking Girl (E. 4th St. Theater), Life is Happening to Us Again (A Host of People), Acquainted With The Night (NYU), Once In A Lifetime (NYU), ThisisitIsthisit [ ]: A Map Of The Known World (The Bushwick Starr), TIME! (and/or progress?) (Ida Nowhere, Berlin, Germany), and The Name Means Public Spirited (HERE). Carolyn earned her MFA in design from NYU Tisch, will be a set designer at the O’Neill New Play Festival (2013), and is a proud associated artist of Target Margin Theater.
SAM FISHER (Sound Designer, Composer, Curio and Guard - Twelfth Night, OC ’14) is a rising senior in the Technology in Music and Related Arts major at Oberlin Conservatory. This is his second season writing music, designing sound, and making video projections for OSTF. Sam is a frequent collaborator in Oberlin Theater and Dance. This year he spent the fall semester in the OASIS arts intensive, culminating in the production of Water Ways at Cleveland Public Theater, for which Sam wrote live vocal music, mysterious electronic background music, and played the ukulele in a vaudevillian duet with Lisa Yanofsky. This past spring, he sound designed The Language Archive, scored two pieces in the Spring Dance Showcase, and produced the score for Stefan Berg’s senior film project, Color Organology. His proudest work includes his self-titled album as Countless Others, the score for Never Let Go, the score for the soon to be released iPhone game TinyBot, the sound design for Fight!, and the music for OSTF’s 2012 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
NOAH GUTHMAN (Assistant Technical Director, OC’ 15) is a rising junior Theater major at Oberlin College. Noah frequently works as a lighting and scenic designer, technical director, and technician. Recent Oberlin credits include technical director for God of Carnage (Commencement 2013), Cabaret (Oberlin Musical Theater Association), Trestle at Pope Lick Creek (Oberlin Student Theater Association), Too Many Sopranos (Oberlin Conservatory), Into The Woods (OMTA), and Spring Awakening (OMTA). Noah was the lighting designer for And What: ReEnvision, ReworkSalome (OSTA); And What: Royalty Returns; and pieces in the Spring Back Dance Concert (Oberlin Dance Department). Noah was also associate lighting designer and set designer for Too Many Sopranos; and set designer for White Walls, Dark Rooms. Acting credits include Kevin in Edges (OMTA) and Jeff in Hidden In This Picture (Directing One-Acts). In his free time (ha!), Noah works as technical assistant in Hall Auditorium, plays the tenor saxophone, and sings in two of Oberlin’s a cappella groups, Pitch, Please! and The Obertones. When he’s home in Bethesda, Maryland, Noah is a volunteer firefighter and EMT; he served as the youngest Chief Election Judge in Maryland before he was old enough to vote. Huge thanks to Joe Natt, David Bugher, Jeremy Benjamin, and Ben Sandberg for filling his brain with oodles of technical knowledge.
MIRANDA FRIEL (Wardrobe, Shop, and Props -Paint Assistant, OC ’15) is a rising junior Theater major who hails from Sacramento, California.  Although chiefly involved in the technical aspects of theater and specifically Scenic Design, Miranda has played a variety of roles for both the Department of Theater and the Oberlin Student Theater Association, of which she is a co-Technical Coordinator. Previous acting credits include roles in Play It Again, Sam, “Directing Adaptations 2012,” Twelfth Night and Journey to the West through the Theater Department and roles in Waiting for Godot and 8 through OSTA. Previous (Student Theater) design credits include The Vagina Monologues, Dog Sees God, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, and Cabaret. Previous professional experiences include technical internships—in wardrobe, costume, scenery, and props, respectively—at New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players, City Center, and  California Musical Theater’s summer-stock Music Circus company. She is thrilled to be involved in her second summer of intensive, technical theater and hopes you enjoy the show!
 SUZY CAMPBELL (Costume Supervisor, Costume Designer - Twelfth Night) is the Resident Costume Designer and an Associate Professor of Theatre Design and Technology at Kent State University in the School of Theatre and Dance for the past 22 years. She was the Resident Costume Designer for Kent’s Summer Theatre, Porthouse, for 19 years, during which she was awarded several Design Excellence Awards by USITT. She is considered the guru of corporate mascots in North East Ohio, where she is responsible for the design and execution of “Slider,” the Cleveland Indians Mascot. Ms. Campbell is the only designer ever allowed to redesign the set and costumes for Martha Graham’s iconic Appalachian Spring. The piece was produced by Verb Ballet, funded by the Ohio Arts Council and received critical acclaim in “Dance Magazine.” She has illustrated six children’s books for the Picture Me Books Publishers in Akron, Ohio, which were distributed and sold in stores worldwide, including Target, Kmart and Walmart. She has appeared in “Cute As Can Bee-Picture Me,” one of the “Top 5 in Paid Book Apps on iPhone - Feb 2012.” This Is Suzy’s fourth season with OSTF.
APRIL ROCK (Costume Designer - The Diary of Anne Frank, Light Up The Sky) is currently pursuing her BFA in Costume Design at Kent State University where she recently designed KSU’s production of Big Love. April has also worked as an Assistant Designer and Wardrobe Supervisor for KSU’s productions of Ragtime, Brigadoon, and Grease. This is her third summer with OSTF (Past OSTF costume designs include A Raisin in the Sun and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and she is thrilled to help bring free theatre to the Cleveland area with such a wonderful company.
KERRY McCARTHY (Assistant to the Costume Designers) is a recent graduate of Kent State University and received her degree in Theatre Studies. At Kent State - Stark Campus, she assisted costume crew in Huck Finn’s Story, and was costume design assistant for Songs for a New World. She stage managed Dating is Tough to Do...And Funny, Too!, and The Glass Menagerie and was also the sound design assistant for Plumfield, Iraq, Evil Dead: The Musical and Anton in Show Business. Kerry was head costume designer for Puss in Boots and Aladdin Jr. at Medina Performing Arts Center for summer theatre. At Kent State University she was a costume fabricator for A Midsummer Night’s Dream and was sound designer for the BFA Dance Spring Concert. This is her first time working for the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival. 
ELIZA GRACE MARTIN (Associate Producer and Box Office Manager, OC ’13) is a recent graduate of Oberlin College, born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. She would like to thank Paul Moser, Deb Zvosec, Barb Kessler, Ellie Phillips, and Emma Schneiderman for providing the institutional memory for her position this summer. Without their guidance and advice, she would have had a lot less fun.