GREGORY BREDESTEGE (Master Electrician, Assistant Technician, Third Season)is looking forward to this season with CSC. Cincinnati born, he graduated from Northern Kentucky University, with a B.F.A in Technical Theatre. He’s worked as lighting designer for NKU’s Evening of Dance, Colored Museum, and Taming of the Shrew, and the Technical Director in Titanic the Musical. He spends the summers working as Master carpenter, in one of the two shops, at Stagedoor Manor in New York. He would like to send a special thanks out to his family and friends; for all their support to carry on, no matter what.
DOUG BORNTRAGER (Resident Sound Designer, Second Season) has recently “retired” as Operations Director at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati to become a stay at home dad, but is happy to return as Resident Sound Designer at both CSC and the Know. Doug has received numerous accolades for his designs, including two Cincinnati Entertainment Awards for Outstanding Lighting, Sound, or Special Effects for Hamlet & Eurydice, and an LCT award for Video Design for Gruesome Playground Injuries. Previously Doug has worked with such theatres as the Oak Park Shakespeare Festival, CATCO, and The Vineyard Theatre. Douglas holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Ohio Wesleyan University.
ALICE FLANDERS* (Assistant Stage Manager, Third Season) is a recent graduate with a BFA in Stage Management from the College Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked around Cincinnati on such productions as Radiant Baby at New Stage Collective, After Ashley, Gompers, and As White As “O” at the Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and Blithe Spirit and Julius Caesar at the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, and as far away as Spoleto, Italy on Il Brushcino and Menotti’s Telephone. She is incredibly grateful for all the support and love she has received from her friends and family, and is absolutely stoked to begin her professional life here at Cincy Shakes. Hope you enjoy tonight’s show!
DREW FRACHER (Director, Tenth Season) is a freelance director, fight arranger and actor, serving as a Fight Master with the Society of American Fight Directors. His directing work has been seen at Actors Theatre of Louisville, American Stage Theatre Co., Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, Know Theatre Cincinnati, Human Race Theatre Co., Florida Stage and the Alabama, Georgia and Kentucky Shakespeare Festivals. As a fight director his work has been seen for over twenty-five years at a wide variety of theatres throughout the U.S. For CSC he directed last season’s Sense & Sensibility and was seen as Pa Joad in Grapes of Wrath. He recently staged fights for Cincinnati Playhouse’s Three Musketeers and directed A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.
ANDREW HUNGERFORD (Resident Lighting and Scenic Designer, Third Season) is thrilled to be returning for another season with CSC. Just across town, Andrew is in his sixth season as lighting and scenic designer for Know Theatre of Cincinnati. Other design credits include: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; The Flea Theater; Livermore Valley Opera; the Edinburgh Festival Fringe; and the Opera Theatre and Music Festival of Lucca, Italy. Andrew holds degrees in theatre and astrophysics from Michigan State University and an MFA in lighting design from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. More at www.andrewhungerford.com.
MICHAEL EVAN HANEY (Director, Debut) is in his tenth season as Associate Artistic Director at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. His direction of The Hound of the Baskervilles is his directorial debut at CSC. Recent highlights from his long directorial tenure at Cincinnati Playhouse include Speaking in Tongues (2012), As You Like It (2011), Over the Tavern (2011), The Understudy (2010), The History of Invulnerability (2010), Sleuth (2009), Blackbird (2009), Love Song (2008), Around the World in 80 Days (2008), and A Christmas Carol (1993-2011). Mr. Haney also directed the off-Broadway production of Around the World in 80 Days for the Irish Repertory Theatre. As the artistic director at the Allenberry Playhouse he helmed more than 30 plays.
BRITTANY KUGLER (Wardrobe Supervisor, Second Season) (Wardrobe Supervisor, Second Season) is glad to be back for her second season with CSC. She spends her summers as Wardrobe Supervisor at the American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. When not at the theatre she moderates her blog, BK’s Craft Blog, and takes advantage of Cincinnati’s cultural landscape. She wants to send love to her family who support her with clear hearts and without doubt or fear.
JUSTIN MCCOMBS* (AEA Resident Stage Manager, Seventh Season) is looking forward to another year on stage as a performer and in the booth as stage manager for CSC. He comes to us from the corn fields in Illinois where he received his theatre degree at Western Illinois University. Justin’s favorite experience at CSC was playing Tom Joad last season in The Grapes of Wrath. Mr. Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, Konstantin in The Seagull, Paul Bratter in Barefoot in the Park, and Antipholus of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors are other favorites. Special thanks to his family back home and his creative family in Cincinnati for all their support. Sponsored by Vicky Reynolds
TRAVIS MCELROY (Master Carpenter, Third Season) hails from Huntington, West Virginia and received his BFA in Acting from the University of Oklahoma. In addition to scenic and sound design for CSC, Travis has worked behind the scenes as a designer, stage manager, director, and fight choreographer at First Stage Children’s Theatre, B-13 Productions and Fifth Avenue Theatre. He also appeared as an actor in the 2009 summer park tour of Romeo & Juliet, as well as the CSC productions of The Taming of the Shrew, Henry VIII: All is True, and most recently The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). He can also be heard, along with his brothers, every week on his comedy advice podcast “My Brother, My Brother and Me.” Special thanks to Teresa, without whom he would be utterly useless.
AMANDA MCGEE (Assistant Costumer, Third Season) is an MFA graduate in costume design from the University of Minnesota. Recent design credits include Creede Repertory Theatre; Papermill Theatre; Theatre Novi Most; and Commonwealth Theatre. Previous Cincy Shakes designs include Endgame and Twelfth Night. She is so pleased to be rejoining the CSC team this season.
HEIDI JO SCHIEMER (Resident Costume Designer, Thirteenth Season) is originally from Orlando Florida but now calls Cincinnati home. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Central Florida, and received her M.F.A. in costume design and technology from the University of South Dakota. Heidi has most recently worked for Actors Guild of Lexington and Cincinnati Opera. In the past, she has worked with the Black Hills Playhouse, New Harmony Theatre, Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Orlando Shakespeare Festival, and Orlando Opera.
AMY WITHERBY (Assistant Stage Manager, Debut) is excited to return to her hometown to work with CSC! Amy is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she earned a B.A. in Theatre. She has stage managed with Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, The Possibility Project, and New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater, including two seasons of Shakespeare in the Park. Past production work also includes Elevator Repair Service, Gob Squad (Berlin), New York Musical Theater Festival, Totem Pole Playhouse, Trinity Repertory Company and Kinetika Arts International (London). Special thanks to her friends and family here and around the country for continued support and love!
MARY C. WOLL (Assistant Costume Designer, Debut)is excited to be joining CSC for her first season! Mary earned her B.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Technology and B.A in German from Southeast Missouri State University. Recently transplanted in Cincinnati, she has stitched for the Playhouse in the Park and has taught drama and visual-arts after-school classes with The Carnegie in Covington, KY. Mary has designed for theatre around the country and is a stage manager with Actors’ Equity Association.