Joanna BerryMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Joanna Berry (Eleanor/Fairtone) is so excited to be a part of STATE FAIR! This is her fifteenth show to be involved in at Artisan. Some of her favorite past productions include MIRACLE WORKER, WHITE CHRISTMAS, SECRET GARDEN, SMOKE…MOUNTAIN, SEVEN BRIDES, and THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK. She is so thankful for this opportunity and hopes all glory will go to God!

Maggie BossaliniTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Maggie Bossalini (Eleanor/Fairtone) is so excited to be a part of Artisan's STATE FAIR. She has been seen last as Olive in 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM SPELLING BEE. She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her. Also, the wonderful cast, crew, and director, for without them there would be no show!

Sarah BoydTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Sarah Boyd (Jeanne/Fairtone) has been singing all her life, but only got into theatre a few years ago. Her most notable roles have been the Baker's Wife in INTO THE WOODS, Lady Larken in ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, and Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN. She was also in the 2015 TMEA All-State Mixed Choir. She is now a music major at UNT, and hopes to be a music teacher after she graduates.

Greg BurtonMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Greg Burton (Dave/Judge) is happy to be back at Artisan Center Theater playing the parts of Lemon and Judge Heffstetner. He has been working at Artisan almost since it’s inception. His favorite roles include Jinx in FOREVER PLAID, Chauvelin in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, the Captain in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, and many others. He wishes to say thanks to all the people who support him and looks forward to “entertaining“ you.

Ashtyn CampbellTue/Fri/Sat-7:30PM


 

Ashtyn Campbell (Margy) was last seen at Artisan in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN as Zelda Zanders/Featured Dancer. Since then, she has been teaching dance and directing/choreographing her own numbers. Her favorite roles include Ruth in Artisan’s SEVEN BRIDES… BROTHERS and being in the Dance Corps in Gateway Church’s TRUTHICAL! Outside of performing, she enjoys writing, cosmetology, traveling, exercising, cooking, and being a cafe’ barista. Come see her in CHASING LIGHTS at Gateway Church, December 16-18th!

Jessica ChickTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Jessica Chick (Vivian/Fairtone) is excited to be in her first show here at Artisan. She has been a chorus member of The Dallas Opera appearing in LA TRAVIATA and AIDA. She has performed in numerous shows at Six Flags Over Texas. Her favorite roles include Mrs. Astor in TITANIC THE MUSICAL, Maddie in CARRIE THE MUSICAL, Mimi in GUYS AND DOLLS, Wendy in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD, and the show, KISS ME KATE. Jessica has also been a choreographer at theaters across DFW. She would like to thank her husband, family and friends for all their support.

Taylor ConlonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Taylor Conlon (Evelyn) is honored to make her Artisan Theater debut in STATE FAIR. Among many roles at Covenant Christian Academy, Taylor has played Mrs. Harcourt in ANYTHING GOES and Polly Baker in CRAZY FOR YOU. Taylor is in her ninth year of choir and hopes to major in musical theatre in college. She would like to thank her family and friends for encouraging and supporting her love of theatre, and God for his constant love and blessings.

Kyle DavisMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Kyle Davis (Harry/Uncle Sam/Stralenko) has been previously seen on the Artisan stage as Nathan in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, Judge Thatcher/Doc Robinson in Mark Twain's TOM SAWYER, and Tommy Djilas in THE MUSIC MAN.

Angela DestroMon/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Angela Destro (Melissa) was last seen as as an Ensemble member/Concession Vendor in STATE FAIR. Prior to that, she was Penelope Musgrove in PERSUASION (Stolen Shakespeare Guild). Previous roles include her work at Pocket Sandwich Theatre: The Lady in THE TIME MACHINE and Fred’s Wife in EBENEZER SCROOGE. She has also performed opera roles: Witches Chorus in MACBETH and The Sandman and Dew Fairy in HANSEL AND GRETEL. Though she loves being on stage, you are just as likely to see her working back stage thanks to her training in technical theatre and set design from UT Austin, BA Drama. Angela thanks her husband for his patience as she once again pursues her first love.

Kelvin DilksTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Kelvin Dilks (Dave/Judge) will be doing his seventh show at the Artisan Theater with STATE FAIR. Audiences may remember seeing him most recently playing Mr. MacAffee in BYE BYE BIRDIE or Burl in SMOKE ON THE MOUNTAIN and SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS. He currently teaches Government at Richland High School and plans to retire in January, after 31 years in education.

Julina DurlingMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Julina Durling (Maureen) is thrilled to be returning to the Artisan stage for her favorite Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, STATE FAIR. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, swimming, making music, Netflixing, and Pinterest. She would like to thank her family and friends for the unending love and support they have given her through the years. She would also like to say thank you to her Heavenly Father for the opportunities He has provided, as well as the strength and courage to take them.

Morgan GinnMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Morgan Ginn (Evelyn) is excited to be apart of this amazing cast. She has also been in the production of THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY at Plano Children’s Theatre. She has also be in the production of JINGLE IN THE CITY at Northview Baptist Church. She would love to thank her friends and family that have supported her.

Katy HillMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Katy Hill (Wanda/Concession Vendor) has been seen in several productions around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, most recently in BYE BYE BIRDIE here at Artisan. Other favorite productions have been THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN (Grand Prairie Arts Council), ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (Theatre of North Texas), and ALL SHOOK UP (Artisan Center Theater). Katy enjoys spending time with her many furry family members, reading, and crochet in her spare time. Katy thanks her family and friends for their love and support. #D4D

Chris HurtTue/Fri/Sat-7:30PM


 

Chris Hurt (Pat) is excited to return to Artisan again under the direction of the “in-famous” John Wilkerson! Favorite roles include: Charles Guiteau in ASSASSINS, Cosmo Brown in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Phil Davis in WHITE CHRISTMAS, and Lucio in MEASURE FOR MEASURE. He is a proud member of Screens Actors Guild (SAG) and AFTRA. Chris is thrilled to be sharing the stage for the first time with his beautiful new bride, Leanna, oh… and mom too!

Dawn HurtTue/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Dawn Hurt (Melissa) is thrilled to make her second appearance at Artisan after appearing as Martha Watson in WHITE CHRISTMAS. Favorite roles from past decades include: Kate in KISS ME KATE, Sally Barker in PHANTOM OF THE COUNTRY OPERA, and of course, Martha Watson. Dawn is thrilled to once again share the stage with her talented son, Christopher, and her lovely new daughter-in-law, Leanna. Thanks John, for a “triple Hurt” fun family affair!

Leanna HurtTue/Fri/Sat-7:30PM


 

Leanna Hurt (Pauline/Balloon Vendor) is making her first appearance in a musical… EVER! As a classically trained dancer, she has appeared in numerous productions, including several productions of THE NUTCRACKER and CHARLOTTE’S WEB. Leanna is recently married to Christopher Hurt, and figures this is the best way to spend time with her new husband and bond with her mother-in-law. Thanks John, for allowing me this opportunity.

Denise JasperTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Denise Jasper (Wanda/Concession Vendor) is excited to be returning to Artisan for STATE FAIR. Recently seen as The Mayor's Wife in BYE BYE BIRDIE here at Artisan Center Theater, and as the Bird Woman in MARY POPPINS with Grand Prairie Arts Council, both being her favorite roles. Other acting credits include HELLO, DOLLY, WIZARD OF OZ, INTO THE WOODS, SHREK, YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, and OLIVER all with GPAC. She stepped onto the stage two years ago, fell in love, and her life will never be the same. She wishes to thank her family and friends for their unwavering love and support, and a special thanks to Randy G. for his awesome encouragement!

Jonathan KennedyMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Jonathan Kennedy (Hank/Bartender) is excited to be performing again at Artisan. He has done many shows at this theatre and is proud to be part of the Artisan family. His shows include KISS ME KATE, CIVIL WAR, SECRET GARDEN, ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, THE MIKADO, FOREVER PLAID,  and GUYS AND DOLLS. He has also music directed and played piano for multiple shows at Artisan. He is grateful for the opportunities he has had at Artisan and for the support of friends and family in his “hobby.” He also wants to thank the loyal patrons who are such great supporters.

Heather KrebelTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Heather Krebel (Dorothy) is the third child in a family of four. She lives in Keller, Texas and goes to Faustina Academy in Irving. She has been in several productions; Anne in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Helena in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, Mrs. Boyle in MOUSETRAP, and finally her first Artisan Theater show, STARLIGHT EXPRESS, as Volta and Ruthrgold. She wants to thank her mom and dad for being so supportive and always helping her pursue her dreams.

Emma LayMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Emma Lay (Violet) is excited to be cast as Violet in STATE FAIR. Her favorite shows have been THE NUTCRACKER and DON QUIXOTE with the Art and Ballet Academy. She likes cooking and dancing when not doing shows. She would like to thank her mom and Ms. Rian Slay for their support.

Max MandudiMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Maxwell Mandudi (Gus/Charlie) is appearing in his 11th Artisan show. He's been in shows such as FOOTLOOSE, KISS ME KATE, ALL SHOOK UP, GUYS AND DOLLS, and BYE BYE BIRDIE. Maxwell would like to thank John Wilkerson for being a mentor to him, and Shafer Wilkerson for being the bro he’s always wanted. He would like to give a special thanks to Jacob Taylor, Wesley Stowe, Meredith Stowe, Jack Stowe, Dennis Miller, Samuel Heister, John and Joe Sandfort, David Seal, Nicholas Cage, and his best friend, Harambe, for having his back like a chiropractor.

Tamera MillerMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Tamera Miller (Lois Metcalf) loves acting at Artisan, and has done many shows here. You might have seen her as Morgan le Fey in CAMELOT, Vi Moore in FOOTLOOSE, and Matilda in ALL SHOOK UP. She won’t say she’s competitive, but she did win Best of Show the first time she entered the State Fair of Texas.

Travis MillerTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Travis Miller (Hank/Bartender) is excited to be working with John Wilkerson and this wonderful cast. This will be his 14th production at Artisan Center Theater, having recently played the Delivery Man in BAREFOOT IN THE PARK. Some of his favorite roles have been Tevye in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Benjamin Franklin in 1776, Rosco Dexter in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, Big Daddy in CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, and Daddy Warbucks in ANNIE.

Maddie NorwoodMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Maddie Norwood (Dorothy) is a 15-year-old singer and actress. This is her third Main Stage show at Artisan, after previously playing Nancy in BYE BYE BIRDIE and Ensemble in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. She is also now starring in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR at Artisan Children's Theater!

David OttesonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

David Otteson (Lem/Shooting Gallery Vendor) is happy to back in another quartet for STATE FAIR. His favorite roles/shows were Levi in JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT, Japeth in THE ARK, and Jacey Squires in THE MUSIC MAN. He is the proud father of six, ranging from 23 to 6 yrs old. He would like to thank his wife, Susan, for her support.

Matthew PhillipsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Matthew Phillips (Gus/Charlie) is excited to be performing on the Main Stage, while most recently appearing on the Children's stage. His favorite shows have been CAT IN THE HAT, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST. His favorite role was playing The Cat in CAT IN THE HAT. He is an avid scooter and loves to play chess. He would like to thank his mom and dad for supporting him in his theatre endeavors.

David PriddyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

David Priddy (Clay/Police Chief/Hoopla Barker) loves musical theater and is thrilled to be in another Artisan production. You may have seen him in other Artisan shows like BYE BYE BIRDIE, MUSIC MAN, CIVIL WAR, CINDERELLA, SCARLET PIMPERNEL, and PRINCE CASPIAN. Celebrate the festival to the Lord your God, for He will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands. Deu 16:15

Adam RichardMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Adam Richard (Lem/Shooting Gallery Vendor) is making his theatre debut with STATE FAIR. He comes from a choral background that includes choir all through grade school, college and at church. He is currently an active member of the First Baptist Church, Euless Choir, Praise Team, and First Euless Fine Arts Academy. Some of Adam's favorite choral experiences have been Texas Baptist All-State Choir and touring with Moscow Chamber Orchestra, along with his university choir. Adam would like to thank his family and friends for always encouraging him to pursue more in music.

Samantha RiggsMon/Thu/Sat-3PM


 

Sam Riggs (Pauline/Balloon Vendor) is honored and thrilled to be included in this production of STATE FAIR. Sam loves dancing in her pointe shoes, and playing her trumpet. She also enjoys sleeping and existing around close friends.

Mahnoor ShahTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Mahnoor Shah (Maureen) is a senior at Trinity High School and a member of the varsity acapella choir. She moved to Texas from Pakistan a little over a year ago, and has a passion of learning and perfecting music of other cultures. She has a love for performing music and plans on majoring in it in college.

Everett ShireyMon/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Everett Shirey (Wayne) is thrilled to be a part of STATE FAIR at Artisan. Past shows that you may have seen him in include GUYS AND DOLLS, RAPUNZEL, THREE LITTLE WOLVES AND THE BIG BAD PIG, and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, along with many others. He has been in nearly twenty productions since he began acting 5 years ago. He would like to pour out thanks to his family, his girlfriend, Delaney, and God above who made this possible for him.

Chris StancilMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Chris Stancil (Clay/Hoop-la Barker/Police Chief) states that singing and music has always been a special part of his life. Raised with Barbershop harmonies, singing in STATE FAIR is a thrill, as well as working with director John Wilkerson again. Previous roles include Grandpa Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Quartet Member and Police Officer in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Major Holmes in THE SECRET GARDEN, and his favorite role, Jacey Squires in THE MUSIC MAN.

Madie StelzerMon/Thu/Sat-3PM


 

Madie Stelzer (Margy) is super excited to be in her seventh show at Artisan! Some of her favorite roles have been Dinah in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Sadie in BYE BYE BIRDIE, and The Caterpillar in ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR. She would like to thank her family for being so supportive and the wonderful director of STATE FAIR for giving her this awesome opportunity.

Heather SturdevantALL PERFORMANCES


 

Heather Sturdevant (Emily) is thrilled to be in STATE FAIR. You may have seen her in other Artisan productions such as Elaine Harper in ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, Rose Lennox in THE SECRET GARDEN, Sandra/Ensemble in ALL SHOOK UP, Shirley/Mary Lou Sokolov in BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, Tracy Lord in PHILADELPHIA STORY, and THE CIVIL WAR. Other credits include Dinosaur/Muse/Ivy in SKIN OF OUR TEETH at Stage West, Ensemble in THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD at Denton Community Theatre, Marie in SEARCH AND DESTROY for L.I.P. Service, and Florinda in INTO THE WOODS at Music Theatre of Denton. “Never a dull moment!” She would also like to thank John Wilkerson, for giving her this opportunity, and Jameson and Jacob Taylor, for their ability to make her laugh at strange times.

Jordan ThomasMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Jordan Thomas (Jeanne/Fairtone) is excited to be back for her 17th Artisan production. Her favorite credits include: Zaneeta in THE MUSIC MAN, Dinah in THE PHILADELPHIA STORY, Liza in SEVEN BRIDES...BROTHERS all at Artisan, Lisa (the granddaughter) in THE PROMISE at GLEN ROSE, and TRUTHICAL with Gateway Performing Arts. Jordan recently enjoyed a summer-long tour with Student Life on their drama team, All Things To All People. When not onstage, Jordan loves narrating audiobooks, crafting, and hunting. All glory goes to Jesus Christ!

Diann WellsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Diann Wells (Lois Metcalf) is so happy to have been cast as Mrs. Metcalf in STATE FAIR. It is an honor and pleasure for her to be associated with so many talented actors and directors. Diann has performed in several plays at Artisan Theater including her favorites: Aunt March in LITTLE WOMEN and The Jailer in THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS. She is blessed to have the support of her family, including, 20 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. She would like to thank her husband, Thurston Wells, who has spent so many years sharing his time and talents to the construction of the building and the sets at Artisan Theater. He is her greatest support and her hero.

Ethan WellsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Ethan Wells (Harry/Uncle Sam/Stralenko) is delighted to be making his Artisan debut. His favorite productions, were ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, ANATOMY OF GRAY, and A PIECE OF MY HEART (Birdville High School). His favorite role was Crutch in ANATOMY OF GRAY. He is currently learning guitar and loves to watch films in his spare time. He would like to thank God, his mom and dad, and Ryan Gosling.

Shafer WilkersonMon/Thu/Sat-3PM


 

Shafer Wilkerson (Pat) is excited to be making his debut at Artisan! He has been a singer, dancer, and actor since a very young age. Notable credits include performing as Cornelius in HELLO DOLLY, and THE WIZARD OF OZ. Shafer was a part of Moving Ground Dance Company for some time, and then continued his education as a Vocal Performance major at Baylor University. He is currently focusing on recording his debut album ‘Outliars’ and auditioning for NBC's ‘The Voice’ next season. He would like to thank his family and friends for the incredible support and understanding they give time and time again.

Grace WilsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30PM


 

Grace Wilson (Violet) is excited to be playing Violet in STATE FAIR. Her favorite roles have been Charlotte in CHARLOTTE’S WEB, an Elf in MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET, and Jemima in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. She has been in theatre for seven years and enjoys gymnastics and drawing in her free time. She would like to thank God for all His blessings and her family for support and encouragement.

Josh WilsonTue/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Josh Wilson (Wayne) is a sophomore at Crowley High School. This is his first Main Stage production, although has has been performing at Artisan Children's Theater for 4 years. His favorite roles at Artisan have been the Sun King in A MIDSUMMER’S MYSTERY MAGICAL MUSICAL, Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Rapunzel's Prince in INTO THE WOODS, JR, and Pinocchio in SHREK, to name a few! Other exciting shows he's enjoyed; BIG RIVER and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT at Plaza Theater, and has also performed in shows with Kids Who Care at Scott Theatre, and Broadway Kid Starz in NYC. Josh enjoys playing football, singing and dancing. He is so thankful for this opportunity and hopes this experience will help him achieve his dream of having a career in musical theatre someday!

John WilkersonALL PERFORMANCES


 

John Wilkerson (Director/Abel) has directed BAREFOOT IN THE PARK and BYE BYE BIRDIE for Artisan this year. He has also directed WHITE CHRISTMAS, MY FAIR LADY, BRIGADOON, PHANTOM, PROPOSALS, SWING, LES MISERABLES, CATS, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, and GUYS AND DOLLS. John has produced and directed dozens of shows. As an actor, John has appeared all across the United States, including Broadway, touring companies, and regional theaters. Locally, he played Emile de Becque in Dallas Theatre Center’s SOUTH PACIFIC, for which he received a Leon Rabin Award nomination. He sends his love to his wife, actress Margaret Shafer, sons Michael and Shafer, daughter, Marcia, and grandchildren, Payton, Jackson, and Lilly.

Rian SlayRian Slay (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be a part of STATE FAIR! After appearing onstage for her last couple of shows, she is ecstatic to be back behind the director’s table again. Favorite past productions (both on and off stage) include HARVEY, THE FREEDOM FACTOR, GUYS AND DOLLS, WHITE CHRISTMAS, BIG FISH, and YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT. Special thanks to John for once again letting her be a part of his team!
Carla WicksCarla Wicks (Stage Manager) is pleased to be a part of this great musical. This will be her fourth show to stage manage. She has also been in seven shows over the past two years, most of which were with her daughter, Nicole. She wants to praise God for this creative gifting and her husband, Ken, for being so supportive.

Amy JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3PM


 

Amy Elizabeth Jones (Vivian/Fairtone/Choreographer) is delighted to be a part of STATE FAIR! Amy has been in several Artisan productions including NUPTIALS, SINGIN' IN THE RAIN, SEVEN BRIDES, and BIG FISH. She most recently created, choreographed, and appeared in the special event, YOU CAN'T STOP THE BEAT. Amy also enjoys hosting music specials on KERA 13 PBS. Amy thanks her family for their love and support, and DeeAnn and John for this amazing opportunity.

Richard GwozdzH. Richard Gwozdz (Music Director) is excited about working yet on another musical at Artisan Center Theater. Currently, he is music director at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Dallas, consumer affairs for the USPS, and pianist at Edelweis, in Fort Worth. Richard has played the organ at CHL Hockey Games, fashion shows, beauty pageants, NHL Exhibition Hockey Games, the USA vs USSR Hockey Game on ESPN, Celebrity Hockey Games, Texas Ranger Baseball Games, and Dallas Tornado's Indoor/Outdoor Soccer Games. Enjoy STATE FAIR!
Alex EddinsAlexandra Eddins (Costume Designer) is tickled pink to be working on this show! Alex holds a BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from Abilene Christian University and received a Betty Lynn Buckley Award for excellence in costume design. Favorite design projects include ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Artisan), NEXT TO NORMAL (ACU), and MACBETH (Abilene-Shakespeare-Festival). She’s currently preparing to costume THE 39 STEPS! When she’s not immersed in the world of theatre, Alex enjoys swimming, murder-mysteries, and wearing animal print. Hi Mom!!!
Kris Hampton (Resident Props Master) is excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew. Previous experience at Artisan dates back to 2013, and includes recent favorites, CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, BYE BYE BIRDIE, BIG FISH, and CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN.
Wendy Searcy-WoodeWendy Searcy-Woode (Scenic & Set Designer) is the Scenic Design/Build Director here at the Artisan Center Theater. Wendy has designed and built extravagant sets for Artisan for CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, BYE BYE BIRDIE, BIG FISH, FOREVER PLAID, ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, and most recently, STARLIGHT EXPRESS. With 25 years of theatre experience on and off the stage, she brings her passion and is completely grateful to be doing what she loves most. She would like to thank her family for their continued love and support.