David CarrollDavid Carroll (Joel) has been doing shows with the Artisan for a year now, having previously performed as Lionel in SEE HOW THEY RUN and as Franklin D. Roosevelt in ANNIE. He is excited to work with a wonderful cast, director, and stage manager, and is learning new things every day from all of them! David thanks his wife, Amber, for her patience, her love, and her support of his hobbies and endeavors.
Tonya LareeTonya Laree (Miriam Goldman) would like to thank you for coming. You may have last seen her as Mrs. Snow in POLLYANNA. A few favorite roles include: Miss Daisy in DRIVING MISS DAISY, Ethel in ON GOLDEN POND, Marilla in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES, and Abby Brewster in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. She has also appeared in a few TV shows like: ‘Walker, Texas Ranger,’ ‘Prison Break,’ and ‘Detective Mom’ on LMN. A special thanks to Cameron and crew, and such an amazing cast to work with. Please, enjoy the show.
Geoff D. Leonard-RobinsonGeoff D. Leonard-Robinson (Abe) has been a theatre performer and director for over 30 years. His theatre background includes six years as the managing and artistic director of River’s Bend Playhouse (a community theatre in Evansville, Indiana), which he founded; director of professional summer stock at the Shawnee Summer Theater; director for summer productions at Theatre Workshop of Owensboro (KY); director of development and education for Evansville (IN) Civic Theatre; and five years as a high school vocal music and theatre director. Favorite previous roles include Cole Porter in RED, HOT AND COLE, Ross Gardiner in VISITING MR. GREEN, John Barrymore in I HATE HAMLET, and Sir Joseph Porter in H.M.S. PINAFORE. Other theatre involvement has included serving on the board of directors of the American Association of Community Theatre, for which he designed the workshop model utilized for several national conferences; regional theatre festival adjudicator; state theatre festival adjudicator for Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, and Wisconsin; workshop presenter for state and national theatre festivals; selected to present two workshops for the National Endowment for the Arts in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and twice served on the review panel for state arts grants in community theatre at the request of the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs. From 2001-2007, Geoff served as senior minister for Metropolitan Community Churches in Florida. He then worked with American Airlines from 2008-2014 including serving as Communications Specialist for AA’s Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering organization, writing and editing for their daily news product and monthly magazine, Leading Edge, for which he received an international excellence in feature writing award. Geoff currently serves as Member Engagement Director for the American Association of Community Theatre, based in Fort Worth, Texas, where he lives with his husband of eighteen years, Steven, and their four cats, Caitlin, Alexis, Jackie Ann, and Tabitha.
Kate McGeheeKate McGehee (Sarah Goldman) is a recent graduate of Texas Wesleyan University with a BA in Acting and Directing and recently completed the six-week summer acting intensive at The Neighborhood Playhouse. Acting credits include THE CRUCIBLE (Abigail Williams), EPIC PROPORTIONS (Louise Goldman), HAMLET (Ophelia), URINETOWN (Hope Cladwell), and BLITHE SPIRIT (Elvira). Kate would like to thank her family and friends for their tireless encouragement and love.
Rakesh PodupatiRakesh Podupati (Chris) is super excited to be working on his first show with Artisan Center Theater! Rakesh has recently performed in a couple of short films and in a Luckenbooth Theatre Collective production, called A MOST PECULIAR MAN. When not on stage, Rakesh works in the IT industry and is exuberant to see this amazingly hilarious script come to life!
Logan RodgersLogan Rodgers (Bob), a graduate of Texas Wesleyan's Theatre program, is excited to be returning to the stage after a two-year absence. He is thrilled at the chance to share his enthusiasm for theatre with all the new people in his life, and is humbled at the opportunity to perform under Director Cameron Byerly here at Artisan Theater. The love and support he receives from friends and family alike is what keeps him moving forward, with special thanks to his fiancee, Caitlin, whose patience and encouragement to return to the stage is what ultimately brought him here today.
Cameron ByerlyCameron Byerly (Director) graduated from Texas Wesleyan University with an emphasis in performance which opened doors to teaching movement and stage combat there. He expanded his services to various schools in the DFW metroplex. There, he provided viewpoints, memorization, movement, stage combat, and musical theatre seminars/workshops. He is currently working as the fight choreographer for a short film. He strives to open his own studio and travel the world teaching his movement based acting style and stage combat. “There’s nothing more moving than expressive movement.”
Holli PriceHolli Price (Stage Manager) is a recent graduate of Texas Wesleyan University where she received her degree in Theatre with a focus on design.Her previous design credits include IMPORTANT HATS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY (Projections), SPRING AWAKENING (Assistant Scenic Designer) and VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE (Assistant Sound Design). Her previous stage credits include OKLAHOMA! (Aunt Eller), FALLEN GOLDFISH (Jane), URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL (Soupey Sue) and VANYA, SONIA, MASHA AND SPIKE (Cassandra). She would like to thank Karen Price and Mike Cowley for their love and support!
Heather O’Donnell (Props Designer) is serving as Props Master at Artisan Center Theater for the first time. She has a BFA in Theatre from Texas Wesleyan where she has created props for the shows: RENT, SYLVIA, THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, and 33 VARIATIONS. She also was the Scenic Designer for THE SURVIVOR, and served as Scenic Designer and Props Master for TELLING TALES, and IN AND BETWEEN at Wesleyan. She is a graduate of Tom Savini’s Special Effects Makeup program and is pursuing a career as a SFX artist. Previous professional theatrical positions include carpenter at Stage West for the 2014 season and props artisan at Casa Mañana during the 2015-2016 Season. She is currently a wax repair artist at Ripley’s in Grand Prairie and fabricator at High Noon Creations. Heather has also done fabrication and appliance work for film on the feature ‘On the Arm,’ the short film ‘The Gluttony of 1952,’ and promotional material for WWE.
Faith HopeFaith Cheesman (Costumer) is so excited to be able to flex her costuming muscles for BEAU JEST. Not since New York Fashion week 2015 has she had to dress anyone other than herself and her children! She LOVES being involved with theatre on BOTH sides of the curtain! Some favorite past roles include Kala in TARZAN, Denise in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, Annabelle in LUCKY STIFF, Miss Andrew in MARY POPPINS and most recently, Ms. Hannigan in ANNIE. She is so grateful to have a forum to hone her craft on and off the stage! Thanks to her husband, Todd, and all 6 of her children for letting her shine.