Hannah BakerHannah Baker (Jemima) is an eighth-grader at Tison Middle School, in Weatherford. Hannah is returning for her third show at Artisan Center Theater. Some favorite roles include Teen Fiona in SHREK THE MUSICAL and Agnes in MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS (Granbury Theatre Company), Dance Ensemble in IN THE HEIGHTS (Plaza Theatre Academy), and Ms. Hannigan in ANNIE JR (Martin Musicals).
Shelley BrookShelley Brook (Jellylorum/Griddlebone) is honored to be performing in her first ever musical! Before working as Artisan's controller, she had no idea this theater existed, but is excited to be performing in the classic musical CATS! She was a part of Trinity HS's Show Choir Harmony, and has done a few plays. She earned her BA in Music and a Theatre cluster at BYU-Idaho. She thanks God for everything she has. Love you, Ted!!
Amber BufkinAmber Bufkin (Rumpleteazer) is happy to return to Artisan in one of her favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. Recently, she was in THE LITTLE MERMAID as Jetsam, eel-ing around. Other favorite shows at regional and local theatres include EBENEZER SCROOGE (Belle), CRIMES OF THE HEART (Babe), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Queen Aggravain) and melodrama BLOOD OF THE WEREWOLF (Lisa). Amber holds a BA in Musical Theatre at Wilkes University and GMCP Marketing at SMU. She’d like to thank her family for their support and especially her boyfriend, whom she drives crazy by singing show tunes around the house on a daily basis.
Tanner CockrumTanner Cockrum (Mungojerrie/Macavity) is excited to continue performing here at Artisan. Most recently here at Artisan, he was in WEST SIDE STORY (Tony) and last summer was in LES MISÉRABLES (Marius). He is currently a 9th-grader at Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. He wants to thank Reid for giving him the opportunity to play such a fun, mischievous character! Also, thanks to Richard, Brittany, and Meghan for all their hard work and guidance.
Kristy ConwayKristy Conway (Jennyanydots) is happy to be returning to the stage at Artisan for her fourth time. She was seen earlier this year in THE LITTLE MERMAID as Chef Louis! Previous Artisan shows include JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT and HELLO DOLLY. Some of her favorite roles are Stewer in CHICKENS, Tzeitel in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Senator Martin in SILENCE! THE MUSICAL, and many more. Being a part of CATS has always been on her bucket list of shows. She would like to thank Reid for the wonderful opportunity to work with such a talented clowder (group of cats). She is grateful for her husband who is always supportive of her love of theatre. Fun Fact: She has three cats!
Piper DanielPiper Annabelle Daniel (Tantomile) feels privileged to be included in this incredible cast. Recently, she performed a dream role as Tinkerbell and is proud that CATS is actually her 50th show at the Artisan.  She LOVES to dance and looks forward to performing for you and her next 50 shows. She is thankful to God for her talent and is blessed by friends, family (especially Deba), directors, choreographers, and costumers who have loved and supported her over the years.
Lizzy DavisLizzy Davis (Electra) is so pumped to be in CATS, her first main stage show! Lizzy’s very first and show at Artisan was PETER PAN. Lizzy is currently a sophomore at Arlington High and spends most of her time cheerleading, hanging with friends, and at musical rehearsal. She gives her glory to God for giving her amazing parents who support her, for all her friends that love her no matter the goofiness, and of course everyone in CATS!!!
Danielle EslamiDanielle Eslami (Bombalurina) is ecstatic to be on stage for her very first time since being a child. She wants everyone to know you are never too old to do what makes you happy! Her time is spent supporting women while being a Doula and running her own business, Nestle and Thyme. Her most coveted role is being a mother to two amazing little boys, Senna and Joao. She’d like to thank her supportive and patient husband, Saum, for always encouraging her to follow her dreams and do what makes her happy.
Jacqueline GimmlerJacqueline Gimmler (Etcetera) is thrilled to be returning to the stage after a 16-year hiatus! She is a veterinary dermatologist practicing in Grapevine who loves reading, fitness, and spending time with her husband, stepson, 3 dogs, and 2 cats. She would like to thank everyone who has supported her in this journey back into her relinquished (but never forgotten) first passion in life: musical theatre!
Devon HarperDevon Harper (Etcetera/Jennyanydots) is excited to return to Artisan for her second show. She has a Bachelor of Music Education from Tarleton State University. Previous shows include THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Sister Margaretta), SHREK THE MUSICAL (Dragon), and WEST SIDE STORY (Minnie). Devon would like to thank everyone at Artisan,
including Reid, Brittany, and Cody, as well as her wonderful friends and “framily” for all the constant support.
Michael HastyMichael Hasty (Old Deuteronomy) is very excited to portray the role of Old Deuteronomy. This will be his 11th main stage musical at the Artisan. Past roles include Judd Fry in OKLAHOMA, Monsieur D'arque in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Chef Louis in THE LITTLE MERMAID, and many more. He would like to thank his friends and family for always supporting him in everything he does, John Wilkerson for helping him find his voice, and God for the talents he's been blessed with. If there be any glory, be it to Him!
Griffin HochGriffin Hoch (Skimbleshanks) is honored to be back on Artisan’s Main Stage! Some of his favorite roles at Artisan have been Thenardier in LES MISÉRABLES and Baby John in WEST SIDE STORY. He would like to thank his voice and dance teachers for helping to prepare him for this role, his parents for driving countless miles to get him to and from the theatre and all of his classes, and the director and choreographer for giving him the chance to play this amazing character.
ChristaCarol JonesChristaCarol Jones (Jellylorum/Griddlebone) started with Artisan in 2015 with WHITE CHRISTMAS and was Mrs. MacAfee in BYE, BYE BIRDIE. She spends her time running a small Montessori preschool in Watauga and her summers as the choreographer for Keller United Methodist Church’s summer theater workshop. She wants to give a special thanks to her husband for taking up the reins at home and supporting her so she could be part of this spectacular production. To another 16 years+!
Layci JonesElaycia “Layci” Jones (Grizabella) is honored to be performing alongside the gifted cast of CATS in her 2nd show at ACT. She has enjoyed working with Reid, Meghan and Richard, and thank them for their hard work and dedication. Some of her previous show credits include: THE PIRATE QUEEN, GODSPELL and THE MIRACLE WORKER (Anne Sullivan). Layci would like to thank her family, friends and her husband, Joshua, for their love and support. Soli Deo Gloria!
Jake JonesJake Jones (Kitten) is excited to be able to be a part of this amazing cast! Jake recently played Chip here at Artisan Center Theater, reprising a 2016 national touring role. He has enjoyed PHANTOM (Young Eric) and THE LION KING (Timon) as well. Jake is looking forward to spending his holidays in NC performing this year. He is extremely thankful to Mr. Reid for the opportunity to be a part of the older cast and to his family for letting dreams happen!
Jimmy JonesJimmy Jones (Kitten) is thrilled to be doubles yet again with his twin brother in their role in this show! When not on stage here, you can find him on the children’s theater stage in WILLY WONKA, currently as an Oompa Loompa! Recently, he was George in CURIOUS GEORGE, and also shared the main stage with his twin in several other shows. Jimmy is an extremely smart 6th grader who is homeschooled and enjoys the flexibility that gives him to pursue theater and performing!! He is thankful to God, his family and his Artisan family for everything around him.
Jared KyleJared Kyle (Rum Tum Tugger) is more than ecstatic to be playing his dream role! He is a graduate of the Sam Houston State University musical theatre department in 2016 holding his BFA in Musical Theatre. You may recognize him recently on the Artisan stage from OKLAHOMA! (Will Parker) and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Gaston). This one is for his sister, Jordyn, who has always wanted him to be this role in CATS!
Mikayla MedfordMikayla Medford (Rumpleteazer) is ECSTATIC to be in Artisan’s production of CATS! This show is one of her dream shows, and she is so grateful for the chance to play her favorite character! Some of her favorite roles are Lily St. Regis in ANNIE and Tinkerbell in PETER PAN JR. She would like to thank her parents for their support, Reid and Brittany for creating an AMAZING show, and most importantly, Barney the Dinosaur for teaching her some of her best dance moves!!! Now, sit back, relax, and enjoy CATS!!!
Ian NanceIan Allen Nance (Mungojerrie/Macavity) has performed in 30+ Artisan productions, including BIG FISH, SCROOGE, MUSIC MAN, LES MISÉRABLES, and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Now a junior at Hill School, he was in ALEXANDER and SEUSSICAL. Ian would like to thank Mom and Dad for their love, support and chauffeuring, and knows his mom, Stephanie, and dad, Norris, are watching from above with pride, and Ms.Brandi, Ms. Roberta, Ms. Margaret, and Mr. John for all things musical, and his biggest fan—Mr. Frank.
Emily PhyathepEmily Phyathep (Cassandra) is over the moon to be a part of CATS, her very first production at Artisan! Previous shows include SHREK THE MUSICAL, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, and AFTERLIFE: A GHOST STORY. She would love to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support and the wonderful cast and crew of CATS for all of their hard work. You guys are PAWESOME!
Luis QuezadaLuis Quezada (Bustopher Jones) is thrilled to be doing another show that he loves. This will be Luis’s 4th Main Stage show at Artisan Center Theater. Luis has performed in other theaters, but feels at home here at Artisan. Some of his work includes THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Ancestor), YOU’RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN (Linus), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Mushnik), ANNIE (Ensemble), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lefou), and OKLAHOMA (Ali Hakim). Luis is thankful to his family and friends for all their support and thankful to Reid for giving him this wonderful opportunity to be part of this wonderful cast.
Ireland ReneauIreland Reneau (Victoria) is a junior at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts. Some of her favorite roles include The Witch in INTO THE WOODS and Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID. Ireland has studied ballet for 14 years, and participated in summer intensives with the Orlando Ballet and the Kansas City Ballet. She hopes to become a performer for Disney. She would like to thank Mom and Dad, Jeannie, Reid, Joe, and Liam.
Maclain RhineMaclain Rhine (Mister Mistoffelees) is overwhelmingly excited to be performing in his first musical theatre show as Mr. Mistoffelees. His latest performances include SLEEPING BEAUTY and MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, as well as MEMORIES OF FROSTY with Ballet Concerto.
Mary RidenourMary Ridenour (Grizabella) has performed at many places, such as Artisan, Casa Mañana, Firehouse Theater, Disney World, Carnegie Players, Texas Theater for Young Persons, Uptown, Family Music Theater and more. Her favorite roles include Martha in THE SECRET GARDEN, Belle in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Sister Mary Robert in SISTER ACT, Grace O'Malley in THE PIRATE QUEEN and The Witch, Rapunzel and Little Red in 3 productions of INTO THE WOODS. She is currently a voice teacher at Texas Guitar Ranch. She would like to thank her mom, dad, Richard Estes, Sonny Rios, Joe Sturgeon, and Cathryn Sullivan.
Michelle RobertsMichelle Roberts (Tantomile) is beyond thrilled to perform in the amazing story of CATS. Her last show at Artisan was BIG FISH. She is 17 and lives in Decatur. She and her entire family have been involved with theatre and performance for over ten years. Michelle is currently training in numerous dance styles at Epicenter for the Arts in Southlake, where she is a member of their Advanced Ballet Company and Aftershock Senior Company.
Elias RomanElias Roman (Munkustrap)
Dale SchultzDale Schultz (Old Deuteronomy) is delighted to return to the Artisan stage. He dedicates this show to Sarah, the remaining feline to adopt his family. His favorite roles include Kris Kringle in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET: THE MUSICAL, and Col. Buffalo Bill Cody in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN! A professional Santa’s Helper, he also produces a one-man Dicken’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Dale is the pastor of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Hurst.
Lauren SpharLauren Sphar (Jemima) is so excited to be back on the Artisan stage! She has been in over twenty-five productions here, spanning the Children's Stage, Second Stage, and Main Stage. Her favorite show has been BIG FISH. She would like to thank the Second Stage Dance Troupe for all the support they give. If you would like to congratulate Lauren on her performance, Daffodils are accepted!
Angelina StephensAngelina Stephens (Electra) is ecstatic to be doing CATS! Some of her favorite roles include The Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Aunt Spiker in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH, Mrs. Potts in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Cruella De Vil in 101 DALMATIANS! She’s also happily a part of Movers Unlimited Dance Company! She would love to thank her cats, family, her amazing director, Reid, and everyone involved for such an incredible opportunity and experience!!
Heather SturdevantHeather Sturdevant (Demeter) is beyond thrilled to be doing one of her favorite shows, CATS! You may have seen her in other Artisan productions such as THE PIRATE QUEEN (Queen Elizabeth I), STATE FAIR (Emily Arden), ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Elaine Harper), ALL SHOOK UP (Sandra/Ensemble), and PHILADELPHIA STORY (Tracy Lord). Other credits include SKIN OF OUR TEETH (Dinosaur/Muse/Ivy) at Stage West, SEARCH AND DESTROY (Marie) for L.I.P. Service, INTO THE WOODS (Florinda) at Music Theatre of Denton, and MOON OVER BUFFALO (Eileen) at Runway Theatre. “Never a dull moment!” She would like to thank Reid Horton for bringing her in to one of the best shows in the world, and her sister, Sarah, for letting her do crazy dance moves in front of her a lot.
Roxi TaylorRoxi Taylor (Bombalurina) is excited to do her second show at Artisan! Her first was THE LITTLE MERMAID, where she played Atina and a tap-dancing seagull. Previously, Roxi played in the Ensemble for NTPA’s production of THE PRODUCERS. She has done other productions onstage backstage (Hair and Makeup Design) at the Stage Door Theater and Rover Dramawerks. Roxi lives with her fur babies, Ody and Nora, and would like to thank her boyfriend, Mason, for being so supportive.
Mason ValesMason Vales (Skimbleshanks) is excited to be playing the role of Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat in Artisan’s production of CATS! You might recognize him from WEST SIDE STORY or MARY POPPINS! Mason would like to thank his director and choreographer for making this wonderful show happen!
Valerie WalkerValerie Walker (Demeter) A Los Angeles native, Valerie is thrilled to be returning to the stage, this time as a cat! Valerie is a professional actor/singer/dancer and has had the opportunity to work all over the world. Some of her favorites: National Tour of 42ND STREET (Winnie), Holland America Cruise Lines (Europe), Venetian Hotel/ Casino in Macau. Regional credits: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST – Tuacahn Amphitheater (Belle u/s, Silly Girl), BACKWARDS IN HIGH HEELS – West Coast Premier (Bette Davis), 42ND STREET – Pioneer Theater Company (Peggy u/s), SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Dorcas), LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (Audrey) – Jackson Hole Playhouse, Sandy in GREASE, Ariel in FOOTLOOSE, and various commercials and feature film work. Valerie recently choreographed THE LITTLE MERMAID, here at Artisan, and she is the Education Manager and an instructor for The Artisan Academy. BFA in Music/Dance/Theatre from Brigham Young University. Thanks to her husband, Cody, and their three kittens, Ava, Jesse, and Eli, for making this performance possible. LOVE YOU!!!
Reid HortonReid Horton (Director/Gus/Growltiger) is excited to be directing his second show at Artisan. He made his Artisan directing debut earlier this year with THE LITTLE MERMAID. He is thrilled to be able to join this amazing cast on the stage for this production. He recently appeared as Cholet in PHANTOM, Caractacus Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, and Edward Bloom in BIG FISH at Artisan. Other acting credits include, GEORGE M!, INTO THE WOODS, and Raleigh, NC's critically acclaimed A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Reid is the NextGen Pastor at Venture Church in Keller. He would like to thank his wife, Melissa, and kids, Mackenzie, Blake, and Noah, for their support. 143!
Richard GwozdzH. Richard Gwozdz (Music Director) is excited in working yet in another musical at the Artisan Center Theater. Currently Music Director at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Dallas, Maintenance Secretary for the USPS, and pianist at Edelweiss in Fort Worth. Played the organ at CHL Hockey Games, Fashion Shows, Beauty Pageants, NHL Exhibition Hockey Games, USA vs USSR Hockey Game on ESPN, Celebrity Hockey Game, Texas Ranger Baseball Games, and Dallas Tornado's Indoor/Outdoor Soccer Games. Enjoy CATS! Me-ouch!
Meghan WebbMeghan Webb (Stage Manager) received her BFA in Theatre for Young Audiences with minors in Stage Management and Directing from Oklahoma City University. While in Oklahoma, Meghan was the Stage Manager for JUNIE B. JONES and ASM for JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. She also stage managed THE COUNTRY WIFE and FEFU AND HER FRIENDS at OCU. Meghan is thrilled to be back in Fort Worth and working on her first show at Artisan!
Brittany JenkinsBrittany Jenkins (Choreographer) is a graduate of Texas Tech University where she received her BA in Dance. She is currently the resident choreographer for Kids Who Care in Fort Worth, and on dance faculty with Casa Manana. Growing up, she received most of her training with Carrie Cheng, Margo Dean School of Ballet, and with Elise Lavallee. She has also participated in Broadway Theatre Project and The Performing Arts Project, where she was able to work with an array of Broadway and film actors, casting directors, vocal directors and other professionals in the Theatre and Dance world. Brittany was seen on the Artisan stage in 2014 in SEVEN BRIDES… and is so excited to be returning to the Artisan family as Choreographer for this wonderful show!! Enjoy!