ELF THE MUSICAL BIOS

William BartellWilliam Bartell (Elf/Child at Macy’s/Ensemble) is making his Artisan debut. He is an eighth grader at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts where he performed with the Texas Boys Choir for the last four years. A veteran of Kids Who Care Musical Theatre, he has also appeared in Amphibian Stage Productions’ of HERSHEL AND THE HANUKKAH GOBLINS, Trinity Shakespeare Festival’s A WINTER’S TALE and RICHARD III, and PASTRY KING at the Wyly Theatre.
Hayden BeatyHayden Beaty (Michael) is delighted to return to Artisan’s main stage. Some of his favorite previous roles include Mush in NEWSIES, George in SCHOOL HOUSE ROCK, Simba in LION KING, JR., all performed at Artisan, and JoJo in NEWSIES at MTD. When not at the theater, he enjoys dancing, watching sports and playing with his little brother. He would like to thank Cody Walker for always believing in him and Elizabeth, Jill, and Richard for this opportunity. Finally, he would like to thank his family and friends for their continued support (and rides back and forth to the theater).
MaKayla BurrisMaKayla Burris (Tiara/Ensemble) is thrilled to make her first Artisan Center Theater debut in ELF! She has also been in the musical ANNIE as July. Before doing theatre, she competed in gymnastics and cheer. She would like to thank her family and friends for putting up with her and being so supportive. She would also like to thank the director for this amazing opportunity!
Abigail ClarkAbigail Clark (Manager/Mr. Narwhal) is excited to return to the Artisan stage. Abigail and her family have been involved with Artisan for eight years, mostly working with the children’s theater. Some of her favorite roles include CHARLOTTE’S WEB (Charlotte), THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. (Ursula), HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL (Ms. Darbus), and SHREK THE MUSICAL (Dragon). Abigail would like to thank her family for all the support they’ve given her.
Piper DanielPiper Annabelle Daniel (Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble/Dance Captain) has performed at the Artisan since she was 7 and has definitely made it to the nice list of shows. Some borderline “naughty” roles you may have seen her as Elsa in FROZEN Jr and Tinkerbell in PETER PAN JR. She is ecstatic to be included as a Dance Captain for the show and is thankful to God for the talent she gets to share with you. Have a super holiday with loads of hugs and hot cocoa!
Evelyn DavisEvelyn Davis (Elf/Child at Macy's) is a nine-year-old sweetheart who has always been bigger than life! She loves her family, singing, dancing and all things famous! This is her first time to be in an Artisan show and she could not be more excited!
Emma DewbreEmma Dewbre (Elf) has attended Artisan classes for 2 years, and has appeared in class presentations of WINNIE THE POOH, ALADDIN JR, and CINDERELLA JR. She has also been a member of her elementary school choir for the past 2 years. Emma would like to thank Artisan instructors Abi, Noel, Natalie, and Jenn, who have helped her learn and grow in her love for performing.
Ann DickmanAnn Dickman (Mrs. Claus/Ensemble) is thrilled to be sharing the stage once again with her daughter, Meg, and her grandkids, Connor and Kara. It is always a joy sharing her love of theater with them. Thank you to all her family for their love and support. Thanks to Artisan for giving us the opportunity to be part of this fun Christmas show.
Bill EakinsBill Eakins (Greenway/Fake Santa #3) has been seen in previous roles, such as Mordka in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (2005), various characters in BYE BYE BIRDIE (2005), Uncle Silas in BIG RIVER (2005), and Dr. Harper in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE with Dorothy Sanders. Bill brought his grandsons to see ANNIE in 2004, and found out Artisan was going to do FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, which was the last show he was in at Texas Wesleyan, in 1973.
Hayley EwerzHayley Ewerz (Jovie) is making her Artisan Theater debut! A native Texan, Hayley spent the last 7 years performing in Seattle. Favorite holiday roles include: a Jingle Belle Dancer in SNOWFLAKE LANE (a nightly Christmas parade), Mrs. Cratchit in A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and a Christmas Fairy at the Seattle airport, welcoming holiday travelers by performing short dances, passing out gifts, and spreading Christmas cheer. Thanks to the cast and crew for making her return to Texas such a joyful one! Love to JW.
Jack FranklinJack Franklin (Charlie/Ensemble) has previously had the lead roles in his school productions of BIG BAD, ELF JR (Buddy), WILLY WONKA JR, and EBENEZER’S CHRISTMAS CAROL. This fall, he will be Olaf in FROZEN JR. He was Ralphie in Gateway Performing Arts' CHASING LIGHTS, in 2018. When he's not acting, he loves to read superhero comics and watch Star Wars movies. He's also glad to share his wealth of Disney knowledge with you.
Connie GeorgeConnie George (Mrs. Claus/Ensemble) is happy to be back on the stage again, playing Mrs. Claus and other various roles. Connie enjoys sharing her talents both on and off stage. You may recognize her from her most recent role as Bunsen in NEWSIES at ACT, or her smiling face from Artisan's Box Office. This is Connie's 5th year and 9th production at Artisan. Connie wants to thank her friends, family, and church for sharing her with Artisan over the last 2-3 months, but most importantly, God, who has given her the heart of an entertainer and the ability to share that with others.
Emily GodwinEmily Godwin (Matthews/Ensemble) is a freshman and theater major at The University of North Texas and is very excited to perform in her Artisan Theater debut! Before this performance, Emily was in 17 productions at The Actors Conservatory Theater of Lewisville. Some of her favorite roles included: Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN, Marty in MADAGASCAR JR, Maureen in HONK JR, Mother Abbess in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and Sebastian in THE LITTLE MERMAID. She hopes you enjoy the production of ELF THE MUSICAL! Psalms 104:33.
Matthew GrandMatthew Grand (Michael) is excited to be returning to Artisan. Previously, he performed Mush in NEWSIES and Shenzi in LION KING JR at Artisan. He has performed 5 shows at Camp Shine including Prince Hans in FROZEN JR. Currently, Matthew studies musical theatre and dance at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts and Texas Dance Conservatory. Matthew thanks his teachers, directors, and family for their love and support of his passion in theater.
Louise HarrisLouise Harris (Deb) is excited to be a part of an Artisan production for the first time. She's grateful to have her family living in Dallas at this time upon her relocation. Louise is very appreciative for the warm welcome from the Artisan Theater family group of players. Favorite roles include Luttie Belle Gussie Mae Jenkins in PURLIE VICTORIOUS and Mary (the mother of Jesus). Romans 11:29. MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Jeston HaysJeston Hays (Santa Claus) returns to ACT for his second show, having appeared as Mr. Kirby in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU, this summer. Some of his favorite roles have been Greg in SYLVIA, Sir Lionel in CAMELOT, Uncle Jeff in MAME, and Young Ebenezer in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. When not performing, Jeston can be found programming, teaching natural healthcare, directing his church choir, and spending time with family. Thank you to Eve for supporting these adventures!
Connor JakubikConnor Jakubik (Elf/Ensemble) is excited to be in ELF with his family. This is his 10th show at Artisan—six Main Stage and four Children’s Theater shows. His favorite role was Young Ebby In SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL. He would like to thank the director for this opportunity.
Kara JakubikKara Jakubik (Elf/Ensemble) is excited to be in another production with her family. She has been in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, PETER PAN JR, LION KING JR, SCROOGE! THE MUSICAL, and THE MUSIC MAN. She wants to thank her parents for encouraging her to be involved in theater.
Meg JakubikMeg Jakubik (Emily) is grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this show and is appreciative of her castmates for making this a fun experience. Previous credits include THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS and BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, both with an Artisan performer who left us too soon. Meg would like to thank her family for all their love and support and is glad to share the stage with her mom and children.
Jinger JonesJinger Jones (Ensemble) is overjoyed to be back on stage with the Artisan, after last being seen in the Ensemble in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Other favorite roles include Lucy van Pelt in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN CHARLIE BROWN, Shoemaker's Elf/Bluebird in SHREK: THE MUSICAL, and Rhoda in WHITE CHRISTMAS. Jinger thanks all her friends and family for their support, and Jeff and Elizabeth for including her in this wonderful show!
Oscar KincheloeOscar J. Kincheloe (Buddy) is excited to join Artisan for his first show! Previous credits include TOXIC AVENGER (White Dude), COMPANY (Paul), THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Lurch), GUYS AND DOLLS (Arvide), MACBETH (Porter), and HAMLET (Polonius). Oscar works full time as the Theatre Manager for LifeStage Theatre in Grapevine and has worked in children’s theater for upwards of 12 years at places such as Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Drama Kids International. He would like to thank his parents for their unending support, the incredible cast for being so amazing and always sharing laughs, and to Elizabeth, Jill, and Richard for giving him this opportunity to play a role he has dreamed about for so long. Proud alum of Oklahoma City University.
Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning (Ensemble/Dance Captain) is sorry she ruined your lives and crammed eleven cookies into the VCR. Chelsea is making her ACT debut as a tap dancing elf but is no stranger to magical creatures, having portrayed Aquata in PlazaCo’s THE LITTLE MERMAID. Special thanks to her mom, who has such a pretty face she should be on a Christmas card, and Dad, the nutcracker. Also, her brother, son of a nutcracker.
Sherry MarshallSherry Marshall (Deb) is excited to be playing Deb in ELF, her 15th production at Artisan! Sherry has been performing since she was a child in school and church productions and various community theaters. You might remember seeing her as Dolly Tate in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, Ursula in THE LITTLE MERMAID, and Miss Hannigan in ANNIE. She would like to thank her husband, Steve, and their three children for their love and support, and especially God for all of the blessings and talents He has given to her.
Teri McHargueTeri McHargue (Emily Hobbs) is excited to be back at Artisan after a few years away from theater. Some of her favorite roles at Artisan include Mrs. Beaver in THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, Vera Sanders in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN, and Abby Brewster in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE. When Teri isn't working as an Admin at Church at the Cross, she enjoys spending time with her family, practicing all kinds of art and crocheting. She would like to thank DeeAnn and Elizabeth for the opportunity to work with this terrific cast and crew in ELF, and sends her love and appreciation to her husband, Boyne, for his unwavering support and encouragement. To God all praise and glory.
Dan Nolen, Jr.Dan Nolen, Jr. (Mr. Greenway/Fake Santa #3) is delighted to be involved in this show with this amazing cast. This is his 115th production at Artisan, 51 on stage and 64 behind the scenes—sets, props, costumes and directing. Recent show appearances: Grandpa Vanderhof in YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and Sitting Bull in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Favorite roles include: Norman Thayer, Jr. in ON GOLDEN POND and Pellinore in CAMELOT. Thanks to Connie, my wonderful wife of 53 years, and to the Lord from whom all blessings flow!
Abi OxleyAbi Oxley (Jovie) is so excited to be returning to the stage! She is a recent graduate of UNT and got her degree in Theatre Education! After growing up on the Artisan Stage, Abi is so excited to be back serving as the Education Director! A few of her favorite past roles include Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Kelly in HANDS ON A HARDBODY, and Chava in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. Abi would like to thank her wonderful husband and family!
Dustin ParkerDustin Parker (Walter/Fake Santa #2) is a local business owner with four children, all of whom participate in children’s theatre at Artisan. After spending so much time here with his children, his love of the stage returned and he auditioned for OKLAHOMA in 2018, and to his surprise got a part! Dustin also enjoys traveling with his wife, Alicia, and playing golf.
Omega PriddyOmega Priddy (Ensemble) Performing as a member in the ensemble, Omega is very excited to be part of ELF. Being a performer has always been a huge passion of hers, especially when it comes to singing. She plans to be on stage for most of her life in the hopes of changing the world through music and storytelling, and has been for 12 years. Her first show at Artisan was THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE, while her most recent was THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Omega would like to thank everyone who comes to see this magically amazing show, because none of this would be possible without them. Finally, she would like to thank all of her friends for being supportive of her crazy personality and dreams!
Brendon RamseyBrendon Ramsey (Ensemble) is thrilled to be returning to the Artisan Center Theater’s main stage for his tenth production in ELF THE MUSICAL. In the past, you may have seen him in OKLAHOMA! as Jud Fry, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS as Warren Sheffield, and NEWSIES as Oscar Delancey, Morris Delancey, Spot Conlon, and The Mayor. He would like to thank his family for their unending support, and the wonderful Elizabeth Kirkland for this opportunity.
Isaiah RobinsonIsaiah Robinson (Ensemble) is 14 years old and is very excited to be in his very first Main Stage production! You may have seen him this past summer in his first Artisan production, SHREK THE MUSICAL JR, as the Big Bad Wolf. He also played the Big Bad Wolf in SHREK at Theatre Arlington. Isaiah is in choir, theatre, football, wrestling, and track at Lamar High School. He would like to thank his family for supporting him. He would especially like to thank his parents for bearing the 20-minute car rides to and from the theater.
Allyson RyanAllyson Ryan (Charlotte Dennon/Ensemble/Dance Captain) is delighted to be part of this holly, jolly production. She was previously seen rockin’ around the theatre scene in THE ADDAMS FAMILY (Artisan), THE LITTLE MERMAID (GPAC), and as Peggy in GODSPELL (Epic Theatre Colleyville). She is currently on the good list at Texas Woman’s University, where she studies dance and music education and has performed with the Concert Choir and International Dance Company. allysonjryan.com John 1:5
Andy SearcyAndy Searcy (Buddy) has been acting in Texas for 11+ years and is thrilled to make his ACT stage debut! Some of his notable roles include The SQUIP in BE MORE CHILL, Riff in WEST SIDE STORY, Gaston in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and Ram Sweeney in HEATHERS: THE MUSICAL. Andy is an avid comic book enthusiast who has 5+ years of Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under his belt, earning a brown belt in BJJ.
Bex StahrBex Stahr (Manager/Mr. Narwhal) iis excited to be in his first show at Artisan. Other shows Bex has been seen are THE PROMISE, THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER, and various school performances with TAFA. He graduated from high school last year and is currently taking a gap year working at Starbucks as a barista. Bex would like to thank Mom, who instilled a love of theatre and Grandma, for feeding him ramen noodles and spaghetti throughout his childhood.
Jakob StahrfisherJakob Stahrfisher (Ensemble) is excited to be back at Artisan after a long break. He last appeared in A WRINKLE IN TIME. Since then, Jakob has been working hard in school, and is currently in his second year of college. He wishes to thank his Mom for always believing in him, his sisters for putting up with him, and his grandma for just being his grandma.
Steven StapletonSteve Stapleton (Santa Claus) is grateful to be involved in his first performance at Artisan Theater. Steve thanks all of his family and friends for their love and support, and Elizabeth for the opportunity. Ho, Ho, Ho…Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!
Jorilyn TaskerJorilyn Tasker (Elf/Chadwick/Policeman/Santa #5/Ensemble) is proudly making her debut at Artisan! Taking years off to pursue her career as a sign language interpreter, get married, and have two beautiful children, Jorilyn is excited to make her way back to the stage! She enjoyed the challenge of learning to tap dance for this show. She would like to thank her husband for being so supportive during rehearsals and helping out with the kids.
Maria WasilewskiMaria Wasilewski (Chadwick/Ensemble) is ecstatic to make her debut into musical theater. She has been singing and dancing since a young age and is excited to combine those interests in Artisan's production of ELF THE MUSICAL. She served as president of the University of Dallas Irish dance team while pursuing her B.A. in history. Off stage her time is spent working with her excellent accounting team, consuming useless knowledge, and spending time with friends and family.
Sarah WilsonSarah Wilson (Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on the Artisan stage! This will be her 5th show here at Artisan, and she looks forward to doing many more. ELF is a lighthearted, wonderful show that has made Sarah smile since she was a child, she is honored to be a part of spreading Christmas cheer! Sarah would like to thank her parents, siblings, and her boyfriend, Matthew, for always being so supportive of her love for theatre!
Christian WulfsbergChristian Wulfsberg (Walter Hobbs) is thrilled to make his ATC debut in ELF THE MUSICAL. His prior productions include SEUSSICAL (General Schmitz/Musical Director), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, (Potiphar/Reuben/Musical Director), and ANNIE (Daddy Warbucks). To support his musical theater addiction, Christian teaches Algebra at Grand Prairie HS. He would like to thank his wife, Carrie, for her love, patience, and encouragement, and his kids, David, Jonathan, Hannah, Elianah, and Charis, for sharing their dad’s enthusiasm for his theater career.
Elizabeth KirklandElizabeth Kirkland (Director) is ecstatic to work with the wonderful cast and crew at Artisan. Recent directing credits include THE LIAR at Brevard College in North Carolina, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Shine Performing Arts, AS YOU LIKE IT with Shakespeare Dallas and Bakkhai, AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS, LITTLE WOMEN THE MUSICAL, I GELOSI, and WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION... at The University of Alabama. She has served as an Assistant Director on THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, APPROPRIATE, DOUBT, and SEMELE. Elizabeth has also worked as a Playwright and Director with IMPROBABLE FICTIONS in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where she focused on medieval drama. She has apprenticed at Bread and Puppet Theatre and attended Directors Lab North in Toronto, Canada. Elizabeth has a BA in Theatre from Stephen F. Austin State University and an MFA in Directing from The University of Alabama. She is a member of Intimacy Directors International, The National Opera Association, and maintains an associate membership with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Jill Lightfoot (Choreographer) is pleased to work with the wonderful cast and crew of ELF. As well as choreographing, she also directs, stage manages, and performs at various theaters in DFW. Some of her favorite productions include: DON GIOVANNI (The Dallas Opera), A CATERED AFFAIR (Theatre Three), SUPERMODEL SUPER SPIES: MORTAL COMPACT (Margo Jones Theatre), YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU (The Firehouse Theatre), CRAZY FOR YOU (Garland Summer Musicals), THE FANTASTICKS (Theatre Three), STEEL MAGNOLIAS (CORP), BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE (Runway Theatre), LEND ME A TENOR (Rockwall Community Playhouse), THE PRODUCERS (Garland Summer Musicals), and THE PLAYMAKERS (Rover Dramawerks). Enjoy the show!
Richard GwozdzRichard Gwozdz (Music Director) is a church music director, maintenance secretary, and  also a pianist for a local restaurant. Richard has received two ONY awards as Best Music Director, Column Award for Best Music Director Equity for Artisan's THE LITTLE MERMAID, and  the 2016 DFW Theater Critics Forum Orchestral Conducting Award. ELF locations are North Pole and New York, which reminds him of ICE. Richard has played the organ at CHL ICE Hockey Games, NHL Exhibition ICE Hockey Games, the USA vs USSR ICE hockey game on ESPN, and the Celebrity ICE Hockey Game. Enjoy this story of ELF THE MUSICAL!
Jeff WatsonJeff Watson (Stage Manager) retired last November after a 40-year career in entertainment, the last 25 as a stage manager and director. A glutton for punishment, now manages stages part-time for Artisan. His previous show this season was ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Jeff lives in Fort Worth with his bride of 35 years, two boys in their 30's, and a menagerie of critters. He is grateful to his lovely wife for letting him out at night to come play with his friends.
Phillip SmithPhillip Smith (Asst. Stage Manager) is thrilled to help out on this show. Previous shows that he has worked behind the scenes include THE LITTLE MERMAID, NEWSIES, and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. He would like to thank Elizabeth and Jeff for allowing him to assist. He would also like to give a special shoutout to his family and friends. I love you. Just sing a Christmas song. Merry Christmas! Isaiah 9:6.
Wiloni Darrington (Costume Designer) loves designing and creating costumes. Her repertoire includes: INTO THE WOODS, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, MAMMA MIA, MARY POPPINS, SHREK JR, and more. She has also worked in the wardrobe department with Cirque du Soleil: Amaluna. Above all, she wants to thank all those who shared their talents to help, her husband, and 7 children, as she continues to develop the gifts Heavenly Father has given her.