THE ARK BIOS

Remi BudgeRemi Budge (Ham) is grateful to be a part of this production. He'd like to thank his family for supporting him through the whole process. Semper Fi
Judi CongerJudi Conger (Eliza) is excited to be part of this wonderful production. Other Artisan appearances include Mother Superior in SISTER ACT and NUNSENSE, Martha Watson in WHITE CHRISTMAS, Mrs. Paroo in MUSIC MAN, Marmee in LITTLE WOMEN, and Corrie ten Boom in THE HIDING PLACE. Other favorite roles include Patsy Cline in ALWAYS…PATSY CLINE, Annie Oakley in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN, and Violet Newstead in 9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL. Thank you, Bob, for always encouraging me to follow my dreams!
Kirk CorleyKirk Corley (Noahreturns to THE ARK, after having played Ham in 2012. Kirk has been seen in many Artisan productions through the years. Some memorable shows include SCROOGE (Ghost of Christmas Past), THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (Chauvelin), CAMELOT, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, and THE PIRATE QUEEN. For 18 seasons he was in THE PROMISE in Glen Rose, TX and Branson, MO.
Ashley HawkinsAshley Hawkins (Sariah) is swept away in a flood of gladness to be in this production of THE ARK! Her favorite past roles include Catherine Donahue in THESE SHINING LIVES, Williamina Fleming in SILENT SKY, and Clarice in THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS. Ashley loves travelling and has performed internationally; she also loves drinking espresso and is an expert on all things Dickensian. She would like to thank her family for their unceasing support, and her savior, Jesus Christ, for his mercy and grace.
Kyle HoltKyle Holt (Hamis pleased to be returning to THE ARK for a third time. He was recently seen in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT as Pharaoh. Previous credits include Jean Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES, Eric/Phantom in PHANTOM, Fred in KISS ME KATE, and Lord Farquaad in SHREK. When he is not performing, he spends his time playing sports and assisting companies with their technology needs with Xerox. He would like to thank his family for their unconditional love and support.
Christian JaussiChristian Jaussi (Japheth) will be appearing in only his second live stage performance since playing Seitz in NEWSIES. When not pursuing a masters degree in landscape architecture, he can be found in the great outdoors as much as possible. He would be nothing without the love and support of all his family, most notably his wife and three young boys.
Jacey LettJacey Lett (Sariah/Dance Captain) is excited to be back at Artisan to reprise such a fun role. Some of her previous roles at Artisan include Lina Lamont in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN and Lily St. Regis in ANNIE. She thanks Dee Ann for including her in this beautiful story of THE ARK. She also thanks her husband, Aaron, for his love and support.
Cleo LissadeCleo Lissade (Egyptus) is very excited to be making her stage debut at Artisan Center Theater. Some of her favorite credits include: Ayah in THE SECRET GARDEN (Stolen Shakespeare Guild), Mistress Page in THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (ACU Theatre), Sponge in JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (ACU Theatre), as well as, being a part of the Ensemble in the musical, PIPPIN (Paramount Theatre). She’d like to thank her family and friends for their endless love and support. Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
Seth MaySeth May (Shem) Is grateful to be in THE ARK, which puts a fun spin on such an archetypical story, and with such a wonderful cast. His favorite roles recently have been in NEWSIES (Seitz/Spot Conlon), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Lumiere), and SCROOGE THE MUSICAL (Harry/Young Ebenezer).
Lindsey McCallumLindsey McCallum (Martha) is so excited to be taking on the role of Martha! You may have seen her in previous Artisan productions such as THE LITTLE MERMAID JR (Ursula), LES MISÉRABLES (Ensemble), THE PIRATE QUEEN (Ensemble), and many others. Lindsey has spent a year off the stage to pursue her passion of mission work with White's Chapel United Methodist Church in Guatemala and Kansas City, spreading God's love and joy throughout the community. She would also like to thank her parents for supporting her and her endeavors.
Jana OffuttJana Offutt (Eliza) is having a blast reprising her role as Noah’s wife in her favorite musical! She’s also enjoyed playing Nellie in SOUTH PACIFIC, Miss Stacey in the ANNE OF GREEN GABLES MUSICAL, and Mary in THE PROMISE at Glen Rose Amphitheater. Book Jana for your event at www.JanaOffutt.com. She thanks her husband, David, Mom Ann, the Blair‘s, her church family, work family, and amazingly tough and faithful prayer warriors—You are mighty!
David SeilDavid Seil (Shem) returns to THE ARK again as Shem. He has been in many Artisan productions through the years. One of his earliest Artisan shows was FATHER OF THE BRIDE. Other productions include EMMA, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, AND THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY, and JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. 
Joshua D. SmithJoshua D. Smith (Japheth) is making his return here at Artisan, after making his debut here as Frank Burnett in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Last summer, he was at GLTC as Will Rogers in THE WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Other musical credits include Lt. Frank Cioffi in CURTAINS, Peter in JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, Frank Jr. in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, and Buck Barrow in BONNIE & CLYDE. Last December, Joshua directed THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER at Theatre Coppell. When he is not busy performing around town, he can be found in Texas courtrooms, practicing law.
Shaneen SmithLakeia Shaneen Smith (Egyptus) is an accomplished singer, songwriter, music director, and vocalist. She started singing at the tender age of 5 and began writing her own songs at the age of nine. Before heading to St. John’s University in her home town of NY to study, she found a second passion in music directing and began teaching and directing her first youth choir at the age of 17. After graduating from the university, she began to tour overseas in Europe and Asia as a soloist and part of a gospel ensemble, where she met her husband, Emanuel Smith. When not touring overseas, she and her husband perform in NY, DC, Virginia, and the eastern coast. While here in Dallas, her recent credits include Music Director of Nina Simone FOUR WOMEN (Jubilee Theatre in Fort Worth), the Angel in BLACK NATIVITY (Bishop Arts Theatre), Mrs. Mallet in CORPS BELLS ARE RINGING, and most recently appeared in BEYOND PERFECTION, a new Dystopian Musical. She gives God all glory for being able to do what she loves and is passionate for. She is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful cast and musical.
Meredith TaylorMeredith Taylor (Martha) decided to be in THE ARK, as it seemed to be the best choice over 5 other alternatives. Formerly known as Meredith Stowe, she used to play all sorts of parts at Artisan, including Jo March in LITTLE WOMEN, Milly Pontipee in SEVEN BRIDES…BROTHERS, and Martha in THE ARK in 2012. Other credits include Cow in FARM, GOAT, MILK and Sears Tower in CHICAGO. Now she is married in real life to the one and only Jacob Taylor, who is very nice. Thanks to him and all the others for the support. Enjoy the show! Ephesians 3:17–21
Mark WinterMark Winter (Noah) has been an Artisan regular since 2011, appearing in such productions as SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, WHITE CHRISTMAS, and PHANTOM. Mark is an ordained evangelist who operates a drama and children’s ministry called One Man Show (www.onemanshow.org). Mark wants to thank DeeAnn Blair for this wonderful opportunity to play the venerable character of Noah.
DeeAnn BlairDeeAnn Blair (Directoris a founding director of Artisan and a former Managing Artistic Director at ONSTAGE. She has produced over 200 productions since moving to Fort Worth. On stage, she loved performing in such plays as ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (Elaine Harper),HEAVEN CAN WAIT (Julia Farnsworth), THE CURIOUS SAVAGE (Fairy May), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Maria), JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT (Narrator), and many others. At Artisan, she directed THE ARK, THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS, and THE MUSIC MAN.
Miranda Di'AmaroMiranda Rangel Di’Amaro (Stage Manager) is thrilled to be joining the ACT production team for this wonderful show, and looks forward to future productions. She has managed nearly 80 productions both musicals and straight plays from the age of 15. A few of her favorites include: A CHRISTMAS CAROL, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, KING AND I, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and GUYS AND DOLLS. She would like to thank her family, especially her husband, for all the support and love in her life.
Eddie FlorescaEddie Floresca (Choreographer) UNT (Bachelor of Music); DCJ’s School of Dance (ballet/jazz); Arthur Murray’s/M.E. Dance Studios (ballroom). Awards: The Column’s Chita Rivera Award and Best Choreographer (WEST SIDE STORY at Artisan). Industrials: Mary Kay Cosmetics; Ebby Halliday Realtors. Choreography credits at Artisan: CINDERELLA, BRIGADOON, OKLAHOMA, JOSEPH…, and BYE BYE BIRDIE. Other credits: 42ND STREET, ANYTHING GOES, GUYS AND DOLLS, LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, and WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Directing credits: HAIRSPRAY, THE PRODUCERS, WILL ROGERS FOLLIES. Favorite roles: Larry (A CHORUS LINE), Fiddler (FIDDLER ON THE ROOF), Ito (MAME), Chino/Pepe (WSS), Judah/Asher (JOSEPH...), Wrangler (WILL ROGERS FOLLIES), Billy Boy Bill (URINETOWN), and as Principal Dancer in CAROUSEL, EVITA, HELLO DOLLY!, SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN, and THE KING AND I.
Richard GwozdzH. Richard Gwozdz (Music Director) is excited in working another musical at Artisan Center Theater. Music Director at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Dallas, Maintenance Secretary for USPS, Pianist at Edelweiss German Restaurant, Nominated for the Column’s Best Music Director Award, twice. Received two ONY awards for Best Music Director. Received Column Award for Best Music Director Equity for Artisan's THE LITTLE MERMAID. Also, the 2016 DFW Theater Critics Forum Orchestral Conducting Award. Enjoy your stay on THE ARK.
Nita CadenheadNita Cadenhead (Costumer) In between ZORRO and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, Nita found some time to work on THE ARK. "I always enjoy the costuming process and appreciate the opportunities offered to me by Artisan.”