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Preston Butler III* (Willoughby)
is an actor, filmmaker and musician who has worked with an array of extraordinary artists including Tony and Obie award-winners; “Insecure” creator and lead actress, Issa Rae; award-winning Chinese director and playwright Stan Lai; and Def Poetry’s Dahlak Brathwaite. He is thrilled to return to SCR’s stage after his debut last season in Gem of the Ocean (Citizen Barlow). Butler recently toured Europe with the world premiere of FORE!, an acid comedy by Aleshea Harris (2018 Obie Award-winner, 2017 Relentless Award-winner). In 2016, Butler garnered international acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for his co-creation and performance in the eerily exciting “concert-drama,” Dead Awaken. His other theatre credits include The Royale (Jay Jackson) at Cleveland Playhouse, Hecuba (Agamemnon) at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood and Cotton Patch Gospel (John the Baptist) at American Coast Theater Company. He is a graduate of the MFA acting program at the California Institute of the Arts and the performance/directing program at Vanguard University of Southern California. Phil 4:13 @prestoncreates.
Rachel Charny (Lucy Steel/Gossip)
is thrilled to be making her professional debut. She started taking acting classes at SCR when she was 9 years old and has appeared in 14 productions including many in the Theatre Conservatory and in A Christmas Carol. Some of her favorite Conservatory productions include David Copperfield and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. She studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Orange County School of the Arts and is a recent graduate of SCR’s Acting Intensive Program. She would like to thank her family, friends and teachers for all their support.
Nike Doukas* (Mrs. Dashwood/Mrs. Palmer/Miss Grey)
returns to SCR after appearing in Yoga Play, All the Way, The Prince of Atlantis, The Happy Ones, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Ridiculous Fraud, Cyrano de Bergerac, Major Barbara, Much Ado About Nothing, Everett Beekin, The Beard of Avon, Round and Round the Garden, Pygmalion, How the Other Half Loves, Arms and the Man, Blithe Spirit, Green Icebergs, The Company of Heaven and Loot. She most recently appeared in Three Days in the Country at The Antaeus Company, where she is a member, and where earlier this year, she directed Harold Pinter’s The Hothouse. Her other regional credits include the Pasadena Playhouse, Kinetic Theatre and PICT (both in Pittsburgh), Jewel Theatre Company (Santa Cruz), The Old Globe, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle), Mark Taper Forum, Shakespeare Festival/LA, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Berkeley Shakespeare Festival and American Conservatory Theatre. Her numerous television guest spots include a recurring role on “Desperate Housewives.” She is a recipient of the 2011 Lunt Fontanne Fellowship, and has an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater.
Joel Gelman* (Thomas/Mr. Palmer)
is happy to be back at SCR where he appeared previously in Ella Enchanted, The Light Princess and Pride and Prejudice. His other selected theatrical credits include Amy and the Orphans at Roundabout Theatre Company, Les Misérables at the Hollywood Bowl, Tobacco Road at La Jolla Playhouse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Portland Center Stage, The Glass Menagerie at ETC Santa Barbara, The Sparrow at Coeurage Theatre Company, The Hamlet Project at LCC Theatre Company and Gallery Secrets at Chalk Repertory Theatre. Gelman is on the house Improv team, Aeroplane, at The Nerdist School. His television credits include “The Brink,” “Modern Family,” “New Girl,” “The Newsroom,” “Vegas,” “The Young and the Restless,” “Henry Danger” and “In Gayle We Trust.” He earned his MFA at UC-San Diego and his BA at Western Michigan University.
Desirée Mee Jung* (Margaret Dashwood)
is making her SCR debut. Most recently, she appeared as the Princess of France in Love’s Labour’s Lost and the Countess of Salisbury in Edward III at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. Her other credits include Celia in As You Like It, Lady Percy in Henry IV, Part I and the world premiere of The Curse of Oedipus (Antaeus Theatre Company, where she is a company member), Portia in Merchant of Venice (Local LAB, Local Theater Company), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism and Socialism with a Key to the Scriptures (Curious Theatre Company), Rose and the Rime (Sacred Fools Theater Company), Supper (Theatre of NOTE), Colony Collapse (The Theatre @ Boston Court), 99 Histories (Artists at Play), reasons to be pretty (Paragon Theatre) and Anton in Show Business (Openstage Theatre). She has trained with Shakespeare & Company, Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and OzFrank Theatre Company. She holds degrees in theatre and business from the University of Northern Colorado. DesireeMeeJung.com
Abigail Marks* (Fanny/Mrs. Jennings)
is making her SCR debut. Her theatre credits include Hamlet, Women Beware Women (The Shakespeare Theatre), I Love Lucy: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Sitcom (LA Theatre Works), Three Sisters (Studio Theatre), Losing My Religion (Pasadena Playhouse), As You Like It, Cloud 9 (Stage Raw Theatre Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress; winner of eight LA Drama Critics Circle Awards), Top Girls (Ovation Award nomination, Best Supporting Actress; winner of Backstage and Sage awards, Best Supporting Actress) (Antaeus Theatre Company), Eurydice, A Christmas Carol, The Beaux Stratagem, Uncle Vanya, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Tartuffe, The Doctor’s Dilemma (A Noise Within), The Tempest (Oval Theatre), A Bright Room Called Day (Coeurage Theatre Company) and South of Delancey (Fremont Centre Theatre). Her film and television credits include “Glee” (FOX), “People at a Party” (BBC), “The Dream” (with Lulu Wang and Bruce Dern) and commercial campaigns for the “We Card” anti-smoking program and Barclay’s Bank (directed by Tony Scott). She received her MFA from The Academy for Classical Acting at The Shakespeare Theatre and her BA from George Washington University. abigailmarks.com.
Rebecca Mozo* (Marianne Dashwood)
appeared at SCR previously in Going to a Place where you Already Are; Five Mile Lake; 4000 Miles; The Parisian Woman; In the Next Room, or the vibrator play; A Wrinkle in Time; Emilie: La Marquise Du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight; The Heiress and Doubt, a parable. Her other theatre credits include Rogue Machine Theatre, The Matrix Theatre Company, The Colony Theatre, Center Theatre Group and at Antaeus Theatre Company in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Uncle Vanya, Top Girls, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Peace in Our Time. Her film and television credits include “9-1-1,” You Bury Your Own, Zerophilia, Headless Horseman, The Waterhole, “Pizza Time,” “Cold Case,” “Medium,” “Modern Family” “Break a Hip” and “Kittens in a Cage.” Mozo earned her BFA from Rutgers University and studied at The Globe Theatre in London. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and The Antaeus Theatre Company.
Josh Odsess-Rubin* (Edward Ferrars)
is truly delighted to be making his SCR debut. His Southern California credits include Rosalind in As You Like It (Shakespeare Orange County), Cléante in The Imaginary Invalid (A Noise Within); Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers, Liam in Bad Jews and Gabriel Law in When the Rain Stops Falling (Cygnet Theatre); Da Vinci in The Dwarf (Counter-Balance Theater), Feste in Twelfth Night, Edmund in King Lear, Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet (New Swan Shakespeare); and With Love and a Major Organ (The Theatre @ Boston Court). His other regional credits include Portland Stage Company (Maine), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati and Yale Repertory Theatre. In New York, he performed at venues including Ars Nova, Dixon Place, HERE Art Center, Culture Project, NYC Fringe, Keen Company and Playwrights Horizons. He also has been seen on Netflix, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Lifetime and in national and international commercials. He recently shot a role in The Descendant, his feature film debut. Odsess-Rubin is a proud graduate of Yale University and the MFA acting program at UC-Irvine. joshorubin.com
Matt Orduña* (John Dashwood/Sir John Middleton)
is very excited to return to SCR where he appeared last season as Eli in Gem of the Ocean and as Vincentio/Wedding Singer in the world premiere of SHREW! His theatrical roles include Othello in Othello and the Jailer in 2 Noble Kinsmen at Kingsmen Shakespeare; Abioseh in Les Blancs at Rogue Machine Theatre; Bilal in Bars & Measures (Stage Raw Award nominee, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award nominee for lead performance in a play) at The Theatre @ Boston Court; Gabriel in Fences at International City Theatre (Ovation Award nominee for featured performance); Tiresias in Oedipus El Rey and Albert/Kevin in Clybourne Park at San Diego Repertory; Duncan in Macbeth at A Noise Within; and Flip in Stick Fly at Mo’oelo Performing Arts Company. His film and television credits include “How to Get Away with Murder,” I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Sundance Grand Jury Award), Grace of Jake, Baby Steps, Better Half: The Story of Tony & Leo, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” “NCIS,” “Ironside,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Fosters,” “Switched at Birth,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Mob City,” “Family Tools” and “Legit.” He earned his MFA from the University of Washington Professional Actor Training Program. He is very excited to be working with this wonderful cast and crew. Thank you to Tinia and Autumn for their love and support.
Dileep Rao* (Colonel Brandon)
appeared previously at SCR in the world premieres of Yoga Play and Making It. His other theatre credits include King Charles III at Pasadena Playhouse, Indian Ink (American premiere) at A.C.T. San Francisco; Fetes de la Nuit and Perfect Wedding, world premieres by Charles S. Mee (Kirk Douglas Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Lover (New Langton Arts); the national tour of Tale of the Allergist’s Wife (Manhattan Theatre Club); Free Outgoing (East West Players); and Shiv (The Theatre @ Boston Court). His television credits include “Mr. Robot,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “Touch,” “Children’s Hospital” and “Z Nation.” His film credits include Avatar, Drag Me to Hell, Inception and Beeba Boys. He is a graduate of UC-San Diego and holds an MFA from the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.
Hilary Ward* (Elinor Dashwood)
is thrilled to be making her debut at SCR. Her theatre credits include Actors Theatre of Louisville, Ojai Playwrights Conference, La Jolla Playhouse, Classical Theatre of Harlem and Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival. She is a founding member of the Ovation Award-winning company, Chalk Repertory Theatre, which produces new and classical work in untraditional spaces. As an acting coach, she has helped actors all over the world sharpen their audition technique and reach their professional goals. Under her guidance, her clients have been accepted to top professional actor training programs and worked across media on television, film and regional theatre. Her film credits include Other People, Like You Mean It, Caliginosity and All the Way. On television, she has appeared in “NCIS,” “Five Points,” “Guidance,” “The Fosters,” “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Notorious” and she enjoys a thriving commercial career, having appeared in more than two-dozen national campaigns. Ward is currently recurring as Becca in HBO’s limited-series “Sharp Objects” starring Amy Adams. She earned her MFA at UC-San Diego/La Jolla Playhouse.
Casey Stangl (Director)
returns often to work at SCR on productions including Wendy Wasserstein’s The Sisters Rosensweig, Michael Mitnick’s The Siegel, David Ives’ Venus in Fur, Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room, or the vibrator play, and many Theatre for Young Audiences productions including last season’s Ella Enchanted: The Musical. Her recent projects include The Cake at La Jolla Playhouse, The Revolutionists at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore, The Nether at Jungle Theater in Minneapolis, Cloud 9 at Antaeus Theatre Company (winner of eight LA Drama Critics’ Association awards including Best Director and Best Production), Stage Kiss for Guthrie Theater and Ah, Wilderness, Love and Information and Venus in Fur for American Conservatory Theater. Stangl is a resident director for Ojai Playwrights Conference and is a frequent collaborator in the creation of new plays. For her work as the founding artistic director of Eye of the Storm Theatre in Minneapolis, she was named Minnesota Artist of the Year. Stangl proudly serves on the Executive Board of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, the national labor union for professional stage directors and choreographers.
François-Pierre Couture (Scenic Design)
is originally from Montreal, but has had the privilege of working in Los Angeles and throughout the United States for the last decade as a scenic, lighting and projection designer. His multifaceted and dynamic approach to his craft has given him the opportunity to work across multiple environments and venues and it is with very great enthusiasm that he returns to SCR this season. Some of his designs here include Destiny of Desire, Amos & Boris and The Light Princess; Destiny of Desire at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Goodman Theatre; The Mexican Trilogy: An American History at the Los Angeles Theatre Center (LATC); Médée and Teseo for the Chicago Opera Theatre; A Picasso and Beethoven as I Knew Him at Geffen Playhouse; Jackie Unveiled at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; Everything You Touch for Rattlestick Productions at the Cherry Lane Theatre and The Theatre @ Boston Court; With Love and a Major Organ at The Theatre @ Boston Court; Time Alone at LATC; The Year of Magical Thinking at Laguna Playhouse; and Metamorphoses and Woyzeck at the Santa Barbara Ensemble Theatre. For more information: fpcouture.com
Maggie Morgan (Costume Design)
is pleased to be back at SCR where she designed Misalliance, The Heiress, Bach at Leipzig, Proof, Getting Frankie Married—and Afterwards, The Homecoming and The Countess. Her recent work includes Soul Doctor for Broadway, the feature film Car Dogs, Office Hour (Long Wharf Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre), the multimedia theatre piece DED! created by Carlos Lopez Estrada (Matrix Theatre Company/Bootleg Theater) and the award-winning “SEND ME” an original web Series (BET.com). Her favorite shows in LA include Endgame and Sleeping Beauty Wakes! (The Kirk Douglas Theatre), Demonology and The Joy of Going Somewhere Definite (Mark Taper Forum, Drama-Logue Award), Waiting for Godot (Matrix Theatre) and Sunset Boulevard (Hollywood Bowl). She has done many shows at Pasadena Playhouse including Mask: A New Musical, Vincent in Brixton and Defiance; and at Center REPertory Company including Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical and It Shoulda Been You. Additionally, her designs have been seen at Arizona Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, Capital Stage, SOHO Rep, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theatre, TheatreWorks, Getty Villa, Antaeus Theatre Company, Mondavi Center, California Musical Theater, Magic Theatre and Yale Repertory Theatre. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and on the faculty at University of California, Davis. maggiemorgandesign.com
Anne E. McMills (Lighting Design)
is making her SCR design debut. Her lighting career extends across the many facets of the lighting world—from theatre (including Broadway and London’s West End) to television and theme parks to architectural lighting, industrials, concerts, awards shows, dance and opera. In addition to designing her own work, McMills has assisted multiple Tony Award-winning Broadway lighting designers including Ken Billington, Brian MacDevitt, Howell Binkley, Peter Kaczorowski, Jason Lyons, David Lander, Brian Monahan and projection designer Elaine J. McCarthy. She has mounted productions throughout the U.S., U.K., Japan, Australia, France and Germany. She is a proud member of United Scenic Artists, Local 829, the head of lighting design at San Diego State University and the author of The Assistant Lighting Designer’s Toolkit (ALDToolkit.com) and 3D Printing Basics for Entertainment Design (3DPBasics.com). For further information, visit annemcmillslighting.com.
Martín Carrillo (Original Music/Soundscape)
is making his SCR design debut. He is an Ovation Award-winner for sound design (2004, 2007) and has created music and sound environments in a number of contexts since 1996. His sound design and original music for Pig Iron’s Tragedy of Joan of Arc (1998) received attention and critical acclaim in Philadelphia with a Barrymore Award nomination; and was a preamble to collaborations with sound designer François Bergeron for six venues at Tokyo DisneySea (2001). He was the audio designer for two main venues at Hong Kong Disneyland (2005). His Los Angeles theatrical credits include Eat Me (2004, LA Weekly Theater Award nomination), Have You Seen Alice (LA Weekly Theater Award for Sound Design, 2012; Ovation Award nomination), Buddy Buddette, Romeo and Juliet: Antebellum New Orleans 1836 (Ovation Award, 2004), Heavier Than, American Misfit, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings (Ovation Award, 2007). Gifts of the Spirit (Ron Athey and the Broad Museum), Baby It’s You (2010, NAACP Theatre Award for Sound Design, Large Venue). His first feature-length score for the film adaptation of Eat Me premiered in 2017. He is proud to be designing and composing during SCR’s 55th season after working here as an associate on The Education of Randy Newman (2000)—it seems like only yesterday.
David Murakami (Projection Design)
is a projection designer and film director focused on the union between the cinematic and theatrical. His past designs include Minnesota Opera’s Das Rheingold; Opera Parallèle’s Dead Man Walking, Champion, Les Enfants Terribles, Flight and Little Prince, with the American premieres of Anya 17 and Heart of Darkness; and the world premieres of Luis Valdez’ Valley of the Heart and Jake Heggie’s Out of Darkness. Other companies he has designed for include the San Jose Repertory Theater, Enacte Arts, SFJAZZ, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Arizona Opera, Opéra de Montréal, El Teatro Campesino, Music of Remembrance and Sun Valley Summer Symphony. In Los Angeles, his recent credits include LA Opera’s production of Gordon Getty’s Scare Pair at the Broad Theater and Zoot Suit at the Mark Taper Forum. His upcoming projects include Valley of the Heart at the Mark Taper Forum and Philip Glass’ In the Penal Colony at the Days and Nights Festival. In addition to his work as a designer, Murakami currently teaches projection design at the University of California, Irvine.
Kitty McNamee (Choreography)
is a Los Angeles-based choreographer and director working across media. McNamee earned distinction from Dance Magazine as an artist with “an outsize talent for that most elusive gift, originality.” Her opera credits include Tales of Hoffman, Lucia de Lammermoor, La Rondine and Don Carlo for LA Opera, La Traviata for LA Opera, San Francisco Opera and San Diego Opera and Romeo and Juliette for LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago. She has a long and fruitful relationship with the LA Philharmonic, where she has choreographed, directed, and developed new productions including Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Wing on Wing. She collaborated with music icon Easy Mike to create a new hip/hop ballet of On the Waterfront. Her recent theater credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Firebird (LA Philharmonic/Disney Hall), The Fantasticks (Pasadena Playhouse), Man of La Mancha (Reprise!) the world premiere of Colony Collapse commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Theatre @ Boston Court) and Secret Cinema’s groundbreaking live performances with Laura Marling in London. She has created movement for music artists Laura Marling, Belly, Fono, Josh Kelley, Kait Weston, Kinky, Hecuba, Nicole Turley, Henry Wolfe and Ariana Delawari. Concert stage work includes 10 years as artistic director and choreographer for Hysterica Dance Co., commissions by Ft. Worth Symphony/Kennedy Center, Marin Alsop/Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music, Muse/ique, LACMA, Erato Philharmonia, National Choreographer's Initiative and LA Ballet.
Bree Sherry* (Stage Manager)
has previously worked off-Broadway on These Paper Bullets! (Atlantic Theater Company). Her regional theatre credits include Curve of Departure, A Doll’s House, Part 2, Destiny of Desire (SCR); Significant Other, These Paper Bullets! (The Geffen Playhouse); King Charles III, Kiss Me, Kate (Pasadena Playhouse); Princess & Pirates (Kirk Douglas Theatre), Aladdin and His Winter Wish (Laguna Playhouse); A Snow White Christmas (San Diego Repertory); Shear Madness, 12 Angry Men (Florida Repertory Theatre); The Reduced History of Comedy Abridged, Talley’s Folly, Equally Divided, Stella & Lou, Devil’s Music, Mrs. Mannerly (Merrimack Repertory Theatre); Nutcracker, The Sun Also Rises (The Washington Ballet); Bad Jews, The Motherf**ker with the Hat (Studio Theatre); A Christmas Carol, A Doll’s House, Dial “M” for Murder, Masquerade, Steel Magnolias, The Sunset Limited (Triad Stage); and The Servant of Two Masters, Rough Crossing (Yale Repertory Theatre). She is operations manager for the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, touring stage manager with the Reduced Shakespeare Company and has served as production manager for UC-Santa Barbara’s Department of Theatre and Dance. She has worked on the Latin Grammys, the Drama Desk Awards and “So You Think You Can Dance.” She is on faculty in the CalArts School of Theater. Sherry earned her BA in technical theatre and design from Elon University and her MFA in stage management from Yale University, School of Drama.
Kathryn Davies* (Assistant Stage Manager)
previously stage-managed Sugar Plum Fairy, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, The Roommate, All the Way, Future Thinking, Red, Vietgone, OZ 2.5, The Whipping Man, Tartuffe, Reunion, Trudy and Max in Love, Ivy+Bean: the Musical, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, How to Write a New Book for the Bible, Sight Unseen, Topdog/Underdog, Sideways Stories from Wayside School, In the Next Room or the vibrator play, Doctor Cerberus, Ordinary Days, Our Mother’s Brief Affair, The Injured Party, The Brand New Kid and Imagine—all at SCR. Her favorite credits include Dividing the Estate at Dallas Theater Center; La Bohème at Tulsa Opera; The Mystery of Irma Vep at The Old Globe; Daddy Long Legs at Laguna Playhouse; Tosca and La Fille du Régiment at Opera Ontario; Of Mice and Men at Theatre Calgary, CanStage, Neptune Theatre; The Dresser at Manitoba Theatre Centre; Skylight at Tarragon Theatre; To Kill a Mockingbird at Citadel Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary; and The Designated Mourner at Tarragon Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Davies also has worked as head theatre representative at the Toronto International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, AFI Fest, TCM Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festival and as team leader at Sundance.
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.