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BIOGRAPHIES

Get to know the professional cast, crew, designers and staff of TheatreWorks Florida's "Nunsense"!


WHO’S WHO IN THE CAST


Jennifer Walker (SR. MARY REGINA (REVEREND MOTHER)): Jennifer is extremely excited to return to TheatreWorks Florida in the role of Reverend Mother in Nunsense! Jennifer has had the privilege of performing the role of Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Theatre Winter Haven) and Winter Wonderettes (Theater Winter Haven and TheatreWorks Florida) all under Scott A. Cook's direction. Other favorite roles include Susan in Company, Estelle in The Full Monty and Lucy in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown. Jennifer is very blessed to have the support of her family, enabling her to return to the stage for Nunsense. "Thank you all for letting me play! It means more to me than you will ever know!"

Desiree Montes (SR. MARY HUBERT): Desiree is thrilled to be performing again with TheatreWorks Florida for their second season! Some of Desiree's favorite credits include: Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill, Aida in Aida, Sarah in Ragtime, Norma Valverde in Hands on A Hardbody, and Diana Morales in A Chorus Line. Thank you to the audience and patrons for keeping the arts thriving! Special thanks to my husband & daughters for their endless support. Desireemperez.com


Frida Söderdahl (SR. MARY AMNESIA): Frida is very excited to be back on the TheatreWorks Florida stage again, where she was last seen as Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes and Winter Wonderettes. She is an alumna of Florida Southern College, where she earned a degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Theatre Performance. She is very lucky to serve as Music Director for Out Of The Box, a theatre troupe for individuals with special needs, and Theatre for Youth, both at Lakeland Community Theatre. She would like to thank TheatreWorks Florida for this amazing opportunity and her husband Sean for always supporting her theatrical endeavors and encouraging her to do what she loves.

Jenn Roman (SR. ROBERT ANNE): Jenn is very excited to be a part of this production of Nunsense. In addition to being TheatreWorks Florida's Production Manager, she has also performed in thier productions of Legally Blonde: The Musical (Central Florida regional premiere), Nunsense and Little Shop of Horrors. Jenn earned her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University and has performed on cruise ships, in theme parks and regional theaters. Favorite roles include Lady Macbeth in Macbeth, Aldonza/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha, Anita in West Side Story, Rosie in Bye, Bye Birdie, Muriel Eubanks in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Matron Mama Morton in Chicago. "I would like to dedicate this show to Grandma - this was one of her favorites! And as always, a huge Thank You to my family – I love you all!"

Michelle Procopio (SR. MARY LEO): This is Michelle’s first show with TheatreWorks Florida and she couldn’t be more honored or thrilled! Michelle is a proud graduate of the prestigious Eastman School of Music. Favorite roles include Fiona in Shrek the Musical, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, and Lula in Dutchman. Michelle would like to thank her family and friends for supporting and encouraging her to continue on this beautiful journey. However, extra-special gratitude and love go to her husband, Jason, and son, Davis, for making the biggest sacrifice of all. Love you ‘til the last number!

WHO’S WHO ON STAFF


Scott A. Cook (ARTISTIC PRODUCER/DIRECTOR): Originally from New York, Scott has been producing, directing and choreographing musical theatre and live stage shows nationally and internationally for over 33 years. He is currently the Artistic Producer of TheatreWorks Florida. In 2010 & 2012, TheatreWorks Florida's productions of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Little Shop of Horrors won many top awards at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival including "Best In Fest". His credits include: Rock Of Ages (Central Florida regional premiere), Hands On A Hardbody (Central Florida regional premiere), Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Rent, Next To Normal, The Wedding Singer, Sweeney Todd, Winter Wonderettes, Nunsense, Legally Blonde: The Musical (Central Florida regional premiere), Little Shop of Horrors, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Parade, Plaid Tidings, Cats, Big River, Footloose, Cabaret, Three Penny Opera, Nuncrackers, Deathtrap, Jekyll and Hyde, Meat Street, 42nd Street, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, Blood Brothers, Brigadoon, Company, Dames At Sea, Damn Yankees, Eating Raoul: The Musical, Forever Plaid, Godspell, Grease, Guys and Dolls, The Rocky Horror Show, The Taffetas and The Will Roger's Follies. Scott's original show design and concept works for the stage include: Journey Into Jungle Book, Future Fantasia and Tapestry for the Walt Disney World Company; Stories of Christmas for Universal Studios Florida. Scott is currently an adjunct professor for Florida Southern College Dept. of Theatre & Dance.

Frida Söderdahl (MUSIC DIRECTOR): Frida is very excited to reunite with TheatreWorks Florida, this time as both a performer and music director! She is an alumna of Florida Southern College, where she earned a degree in Voice Performance with a minor in Theatre Performance. Frida has previously music directed shows at All Saint's Academy and Lakeland Community Theatre, where she is lucky to serve as Resident Music Director for Out Of The Box, a theatre troupe for individuals with special needs, and where she will be music directing all the Theatre for Youth shows this season. She would like to thank TheatreWorks Florida for trusting her enough to let her take on two responsibilities at once, and her husband Sean for always supporting her theatrical endeavors and encouraging her to do what she loves.

James F. Beck (SET & LIGHTING DESIGN): James is the Designer/Technical Director and Department Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance at Florida Southern College (Lakeland, Florida). He has been designing and directing for various theatre companies as well as teaching at the college level since 1988. He has been the Resident Production Designer for TheatreWorks Florida since its inception in 2007. With this company, he has received awards for Best Scenic Design of The Great American Trailer Park Musical and Little Shop of Horrors at the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in 2010 & 2012 and Best Set (professional) for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with the 2014 BroadwayWorld Orlando Awards.

Jolene Richardson (COSTUME DESIGN): Jolene Richardson is excited to make her TheatreWorks Florida debut as Costume Designer for the 2018-19 Season. Her past credits include Macbeth, Major Barbara and By the Bog of Cats at Trinity College of Dublin where she received her Masters. She wants to thank Scott and the entire TheatreWorks Florida family for giving her this opportunity.

Ty Menard (PROPS & SET DECORATION DESIGN): Ty excitedly returns to TheatreWorks for this production of Nunsense, after his debut as Props/Set Decoration Designer earlier this year for The Great American Trailer Park Musical! He studied Puppetry at the University of Connecticut and now works with Disney Parks Live Entertainment. Ty has spent the past few years volunteering with Encore! Cast Performing Arts on the Scenic Design and Production team, most recently receiving a Broadway World award for 2017 Best Scenic Design for Hairspray. He appeared earlier this year as Leaf Coneybear in Encore! Cast Performing Arts' production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other design credits include Buddy’s Tavern (Scenic), The Klemperer’s New Clothes (Scenic), Glimmerglass (Mask Design), Seussical (Puppetry), and Godspell (Scenic). On behalf of TheatreWorks Florida's Cast, Crew, and Creative Team, thanks for being part of our Nunsense!

Alfredo Montes (AUDIO DESIGN): Alfredo is excited to be joining the TheatreWorks Florida family again for Nunsense! With an Associate of Science in Network Administration, a Bachelor's Degree in Information System Cybersecurity and years of Audio tech experience, Alfredo is happy to be on board as TWF's Audio Operator. He'd like to thank his wife Desiree, Scott, for bringing him on and the entire TheatreWorks Florida family for welcoming him home.

Lindsay Mandela (STAGE MANAGER): Lindsay is overjoyed to be making her return into stage managing with the TheatreWorks Florida family. Originating from Strongsville, Ohio, she studied Theatre Design and Technology with a concentration in stage management at Kent State University. While not at the theatre, you can find Lindsay working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom as a PhotoPass Coordinator. Thank you to everyone who made it possible for her to indulge in her true passion, theatre. Please enjoy the show!

Abel Gonzales (COMPANY MANAGER): Abelardo is a 24-year USAF militray veteran. His leadership, management and supervisory skills were most recently applied as Operations Manager, Aerospace Medicine, MacDill AFB, FL. He has a very strong background in management, supervision, training and excels in research & development. He is responsible for creating TheatreWorks Florida’s efficient and effective business and administrative operating procedures and policies, as well as negotiating legal contracts, overseeing company and production budgets and has developed a strong research team.

Jennifer Roman (PRODUCTION MANAGER): A native of New York, Jennifer brings over 20 years experience both as a performer and behind the scenes as Production Manager and Stage Manager. She earned her BFA in Music Theatre from Elon University in North Carolina. Jennifer spent 7 years in New York performing on cruise ships, theme parks, regional theaters, as well as film and television. While in New York, she worked with The Producer’s Club, The Lark Theatre, Streetsoul Productions and The New York Fringe Festival. She was the Tour Manager for Flying Ship Productions in New Jersey. Jennifer also worked for The Arts Trust of New Jersey where she held many positions including Assistant to the Director and Company Manager. Shortly after moving to Florida, Jennifer joined TheatreWorks Florida in 2008 as Production Stage Manager for Plaid Tidings, Forever Plaid, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Marvelous Wonderettes and Winter Wonderettes. She has performed and been the Production Manager in TheatreWorks Florida's productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Legally Blonde: The Musical and Nunsense. She has also occasionally worked for The Garden Theatre as a performer, dance captain and ASM and was Assistant Director of All the Great Books (Abridged) at Moonlight Players in Clermont.

Alexis Senge Johnson (DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR): Alexis is a University of Central Florida alumni with both an undergraduate degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Nonprofit focused on organizational development, grant writing and fundraising. Coupling her many years of professional experience in the production of live entertainment and special events at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment with her fields of study, Alexis now gives back to her arts community by merging creativity with analytical insight. She has partnered with organizations such as The Henegar Center for the Arts, VSA Arts of Florida – Brevard, Canine Companions for Independence Southeast Region, Rebuilding Together and UCP of Central Florida on a variety of projects that propelled them to new levels.

Mark S. Graham (ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR): Mark has an MFA in Directing from the University of Connecticut. He has directed over 100 plays and musicals. He has served as a board member of Westport Country Playhouse, Playhouse on the Green and The Theatre Artist's Workshop. For ten years, Mark was a producing partner of Tony Award winning producer Lester Osterman. He was general manager of Lucille Lortel's White Barn Theater in Westport, CT. Mark is co-producing a new musical, The Girl in the Red Dress, with music and lyrics by Maia Sharp, Buddy Mondlock and Art Garfunkel. Mark will be directing Lend Me A Tenor and The Clean House at Polk State Theater for their 50th Anniversary Season.

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