|Sean Massey (Hoke Coleburn) is excited to be returning to Artisan Center Theater reprising the role of Hoke he performed in 2008 with Dorothy and Gary. He has performed several roles at Artisan, most recently in BUDDY – THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY and hopes to return for that engagement later this year. He is a proud father of a handsome young man named Brandon, who wants to grow up and be an actor also.|
|Gary E. Payne (Boolie Werthan) is thrilled to return to ACT to reprise his very first role here, having played Boolie in the 2008 production. This marks Gary’s 16th production with ACT, most recently playing Amos Calloway in last season’s production of BIG FISH. Other favorites here include Mayor Shinn in THE MUSIC MAN, Uncle Stanley in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN and SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS, and Mr. Dussel in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, to name a few. Most recently he was seen as Bob Cratchit in ONSTAGE in Bedford’s production of MRS. BOB CRATCHIT’S WILD CHRISTMAS BINGE. He has also appeared in the movies ‘True Tales’ and ‘Just My Luck.’ Gary is a three-time Column Award winner and is represented by Core Talent – http://www.coretalent.biz/Talent/Gary-E-Payne/|
|Dorothy Sanders (Daisy Werthan) has been with Artisan since its inception. While working with DeeAnn Blair at another theater, she encouraged DeeAnn to follow her dream of opening a family-friendly theater and once opened, Dorothy was in one of its first productions. Dorothy then told Rick Blair that it would be a good thing if he’d get involved. He took her advice and has gotten very little sleep since then. The two of them have produced this wonderful theater and Dorothy considers herself fortunate to be a part of it. Because she’s very old, Dorothy’s complete acting bio is far too long to print in this program. She has known the director, Joe Allen Brown, for many years and they both have won The Live Theater League of Tarrant County’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Gary Payne, who plays Daisy’s son, was in the cast of the first play Dorothy performed in after she moved here from Dallas in the ‘80’s. Sean Massey, Daisy’s driver, was driving her when this play was done here in 2008. It's feels like coming home to be back on the Artisan stage to reprise Miss Daisy and we all hope you enjoy the trip we are about to take together.|
|Joe Allen Brown (Director) is Professor of Theatre Arts and both past Chair of Theatre (25 yrs.) and Dean of Fine Arts (7 yrs.) at Texas Wesleyan University. Known as “Pro Joe” to his students, he currently serves as the Academic Dean of Freshmen at Texas Wesleyan. A Phi Beta Kappa honors graduate with a B.A. in Theatre and Speech from the University of Arkansas, Joe also has an M.F.A. in Theatre Design from Southern Methodist University. Fall of 2016 marks Joe’s 39th year at Texas Wesleyan where he has received faculty and student and University Trustee awards for excellence in teaching and his service to the University through his community involvement in the theatre arts. Joe is a past recipient of the Live Theatre League of Tarrant County’s Lifetime Achievement Award and also Theatre Advocate Award for his work with the theatres in Fort Worth and Tarrant County.
Having been involved with Artisan since the theatre’s beginning, he has designed and directed ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE – THE RADIO SHOW, and the 2008 production of DRIVING MISS DAISY.
Along with being active in the theatre community of the metroplex, Professor Brown is the Director of the ASE 1111: The Freshmen Success Experience courses for freshmen. He is also the senior theatre faculty of Theatre Wesleyan.