Aisea BabcockMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Aisea Babcock (Crow) is thrilled to be a part of his first show ever at Artisan Center Theater. A huge fan of the theater’s work, BIG FISH is his favorite show. Aisea is the Young Singles Minister at First Euless in Euless, TX, and loves nothing more than encouraging and leading young adults to find their strengths and purpose in life. Thanks to John and the team for letting him tag along! 1 Peter 5:10

Cameron BarkleyMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Cameron Barkley (Crow/Winkie General) was last on the Artisan Main Stage in the role of student revolutionary Enjolras in LES MISÉRABLES: SCHOOL EDITION. Other roles include Robertson Ay in MARY POPPINS, Harvey Johnson in BYE BYE BIRDIE, Dickon in SECRET GARDEN, Billy Fisher in TOM SAWYER, Harry Locke in THE MUSIC MAN, Poppa in STARLIGHT EXPRESS, Tom Jenkins in SCROOGE, and Irish Pirate in THE PIRATE QUEEN. As a cast member with Artisan Children’s Theater, he has been in over a dozen productions. He’s also enjoyed singing and dancing on the Second Stage in SONGS FROM SHOWS YOU’LL NEVER SEE AT ARTISAN, RED, WHITE & TRUE BLUE, TUMBLEWEED ROUNDUP, and CITY OF STARS. When he’s not singing, dancing, and acting at Artisan, Cameron is a high school senior homeschooler and Eagle Scout. He will be attending the University of North Texas in the Fall.

Hayden BeatyMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Hayden Beaty (Mayor/Head Monkey/Oz Kid) is excited to be making his main stage debut at Artisan Center Theater. Some of his favorite roles include Chef Louis in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Rico in MADAGASCAR, and Twig in FAIRY TALE CHRISTMAS CAROL. He would like to thank Natalie, Jenn, and Noël for their help with developing him as a performer and his family and friends for their continued support (and rides back and forth to the theater).

Tionna BellMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Tionna Bell (Ensemble) is a sophomore at the Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy. Although she is in the vocal music strand, she also loves musical theatre. Her favorite role she has played is Shonelle from the SCHOOL OF ROCK THE MUSICAL.

Truett BillupsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Truett Billups (Tinman) loves creativity in nearly any form. He likes reading, writing, filmmaking, chess, and of course, musical theater. He works as a publishing editor. This is his second show with Artisan Center Theater.

Sarah BoydMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Sarah Grace Boyd (Dorothy) is delighted to be a part of her 6th Artisan show! Her Artisan performances include STATE FAIR, MY FAIR LADY, CITY OF STARS, PHANTOM, and ANNIE. She has also been seen on stage at Birdville High School in ZOMBIE PROM, INTO THE WOODS (The Baker's Wife), ONCE UPON A MATTRESS (Lady Larken), and LITTLE WOMEN (Jo March). Outside of theatre, Sarah attends UNT College of Music and spends lots of time with her family. She would like to thank her family for their faithful support and all of the directors at Artisan for believing in her.

Megan BradyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Megan Brady (Witch) is thrilled to let out a little bit of steam and be your witch in the WIZARD OF OZ! She is the mother of three flying monkeys and is always chasing ruby slippers…preferably designer. She has enjoyed playing Lady Boxington in MY FAIR LADY at the Artisan, as well as dancing her heart out in CITY OF STARS. She is grateful for her husband’s continual support during her reign of the Haunted Forest.

Mallory BrinkleyMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Mallory Brinkley (Barrister/Jitterbug/Oz Kid) is honored and excited to be part of this fantastic production! Mallory has been busy on stage, most recently playing Annie in MARY POPPINS, Bluebird in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, and Spring in HANSEL & GRETEL. She also has a long-time passion for film acting, and is currently starring as Hurricane in the web series LOST ‘N FOUND GANG and GHOST HUNTER by Urban Spaghetti Studios.

Kevin CarterTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Kevin Carter (Henry) is excited to return to the Artisan Center Theater stage with this amazing cast and crew. He has previously performed with the Spartanburg Repertory Opera in THE MERRY WIDOW and as the Usher in TRIAL BY JURY. Locally, he played Hawking Clam in ONSTAGE in Bedford production of PETER AND THE STARCATCHER. Here at Artisan he has played George Banks in MARY POPPINS, Monsignor O’Hara in SISTER ACT, and most recently Jean Claude in PHANTOM. He would like to thank his wife for all her love and support.

Shayla CarterTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Shayla Carter (Ensemble) is thrilled to be a part of her first show with Artisan Center Theater! Shayla is a junior and attends UME PREPARATORY ACADEMY in Dallas, TX. She has been on stage in previous shows with the UME PREP theater department in CURIOUS SAVAGE (Fairy May), THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE (Miss Flannery), and AIDA: MY STRONGEST SUIT (Amneris). She would like to thank her family and friends for supporting her dreams.

Andrew CastleTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Andrew Castle (Crow) is making his musical theatre debut with THE WIZARD OF OZ, and is loving every minute of it! The cast is so helpful and welcoming. He would like to thank everyone who’s given him love and support along the way. It may be his first, but he plans to do more in the future!

Nathanael ClarkTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Nathanael Clark (Coroner/Jitterbug/Oz Kid) is 13 years old and is having fun in THE WIZARD OF OZ! In 2016, he was cast as Nigel in the National Tour of MATILDA, but decided to move back home to perform in his beloved state of Texas! He has enjoyed performing such roles as: Michael Banks in MARY POPPINS, Tiny Tim in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL, Randolph in BYE BYE BIRDIE (Artisan Center Theater), Drake in HONK, JR. (Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts), Arthur in FLAT STANLEY, Mowgli in THE JUNGLE BOOK (Artisan Children's Theater), Morris in HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS (Casa Mañana), Young Van Cliburn in VAN CLIBURN: AN AMERICAN HERO (Bass Hall), and Snoopy in YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN (Kids Who Care at Scott Theater). He would like to thank his family for supporting him through this journey!

Karly ClevelandTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Karly Cleveland (LOL Guild/Jitterbug) is so excited to return to Artisan Center Theater’s stage. Previously, she appeared in HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS. She loves performing on stage, and is a competitive gymnast. She would like to thank her family and friends for the love and support chasing her dreams.

Tim CrabbMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Tim Crabb (Scarecrow) Returning to Texas from California, Tim is ecstatic to be making his Artisan debut in such a delightful show! A graduate of Theatre from Texas Wesleyan University, some favored roles of his include Bill Slank in PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Ludwig Van Beethoven in 33 VARIATIONS, and Needles the Clown at Hangman's House of Horrors. He is also an acting coach for haunted attractions and a designer for live action escape room games.

Josie DawnMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Josie Dawn (Tree) is so excited to be a part of her first Artisan production and hopes to be in more in the future! Her favorite roles include Ariel in THE LITTLE MERMAID, Bee in SANTA CLAUS: A NEW MUSICAL, and Mabel in PIRATES OF PENZANCE, all at Casa Mañana.

Josephine DonnallyMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Josephine Donnally (Witch) is ecstatic to be in her second show here at Artisan. She is a school teacher working towards a focus on teaching theater. Previous shows include ANNIE (Mrs. Pugh), OKLAHOMA, GREASE (Cha Cha Digregorio), FOOTLOOSE (Ethel), LEGALLY BLONDE (Paulette), and her first professional production, CHRISTMAS IN DA HOOD (Allison). Other appearances have been in two independent films. She is passionate about performing and has her friends, family, and sweet kitty to thank for much love and support.

Brenna D'OnofrioMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Brenna D’Onofrio (Glinda) is honored to portray both Aunt Em and Glinda the Good Witch in her debut with ACT. She has a BA in Vocal Performance from the UNT College of Music and is currently applying for graduate work. You can find her singing oratorios around DFW, teaching voice students, or writing her wellness and lifestyle blog, Birdseed and Birdsong. After a long time away from the traditional stage, she is glad to be back in Oz!

Julina DurlingMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Julina Durling (Tree) is thrilled to be performing in her 6th show at Artisan! She was most recently seen in THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES (Betty Jean), and PHANTOM (Florence). When not on stage, Julina likes to paint, watch Netflix, and spend time with her family. She would like to send a huge thank you to John and Melissa Tillman, as well as Rian Slay, for this amazing opportunity to journey to OZ with them! She is also grateful towards her family, for all the sacrifices they've made, in addition to the love and support they constantly give. Romans 11:33-36 To Him be glory forever. Amen.

Rachel FlickMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Rachel Flick (Ensemble) is excited to be in her first show with Artisan Center Theater! She recently moved to Texas from California, where she performed in several musicals. Some of her favorite roles include Tzeitel from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Gilmer from GODSPELL, and Grandma Georgina in WILLY WONKA. Enjoy the show!

Delaney GebhartTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Delaney Gebhart (Glinda) is thrilled to be returning to Artisan with this awesome group of performers! She was last seen as Grace in ANNIE at Artisan. Some of her past favorite roles include BIG RIVER, THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. She is a student by day, a performer by night, and a photographer on the weekends. She would like to thank her amazing husband for all his support and love.

Benji HuntMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Benji Hunt (Crow/Head Jitterbug) feels so fortunate for this opportunity to be performing in his first show at Artisan. Benji is a senior at V.R. Eaton High School, and has previously appeared in productions of THE CRUCIBLE as Reverend Parris, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD as Nathan Radley, and most recently MY FAIR LADY in the Ensemble. He wants to thank his parents and sister for always supporting him.

Denise JasperMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Denise Jasper (Ensemble/Oz Woman) Recently seen in ANNIE as Frances Perkins/Sophie/Ensemble, Denise is over the rainbow to be in OZ. Being a part of SISTER ACT and MY FAIR LADY as Mrs. Eynsford-Hill and Ensemble, respectively, Denise is delighted to be on Artisan’s stage as she celebrates her eighth show with the amazingly talented cast and crew of Oz, and now considers the Artisan her theatre home. Luke 12:34. Dedicating her performances to her family and friends, always remember and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.  LUT

Eva JensenMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Eva Jensen (LUL League/Monkey) is super excited to be a part of THE WIZARD OF OZ! She was Toto in the 2015 production of THE WIZARD OF OZ at Artisan Children’s Theater. She would like to thank Mr. Tillman and the entire production team for this opportunity to return to the land of Oz. She would also like to thank her family and friends for their support.

Andy JohnsonMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Andy Johnson (Ensemble/Oz Man)  is thrilled to be making his Artisan Theater debut with the wonderful cast of THE WIZARD OF OZ. Previous stage experience includes GUYS AND DOLLS (Big Jule) where he was exceptionally reviewed as “part of the cast!” He is the Worship Pastor at First Euless. He wishes to thank his wife, Sara, and amazing kids, Emerson and Berkley, for their love and support.

Berkley JohnsonMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Berkley Johnson (LUL League/Monkey) is excited to share her first stage experience with all of you. Berkley has a creative soul. She enjoys dance and music and is thrilled at the opportunity to put all of these art forms together in THE WIZARD OF OZ. She wants to thank her mom and dad for their love and support—mostly for providing transportation; her dogs, Waffles and Bella, and her brother, Emerson, for joining this adventure.

Emerson JohnsonMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Emerson Johnson (City Father/Monkey) is excited to be making his musical theater debut with the WIZARD gang. More at home with a basketball or pile of legos, Emerson has enjoyed the journey of trying this new and exciting adventure. He would like to thank his mom and dad, and amazing sister, Berkley, for pushing him to be a part of this great experience.

Jake JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Jake Jones (LOL Guild/Jitterbug) is thrilled to be in a show directed by Mr. John and another show with his friend, Rian! Jake is 11 and his favorite role began exactly 2 years ago this month when he was offered the role of Chip in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST on tour. His recent role in THE POLAR EXPRESS was one of his favorites. He is so glad you are here to enjoy the show and thanks all his friends and family and especially God for allowing him to pursue his dreams!

Jimmy JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Jimmy Jones (LOL Guild/Jitterbug) is happy you joined him over the rainbow, whether your pursuit was home, heart, brains or courage! He loves performing in THE WIZARD OF OZ for a second time! He has been in a dozen shows here at Artisan and loves the opportunities homeschooling provides him as a 5th grader to have time to pursue this passion and joy in life. He thanks God first, also Mr. John, Mrs. Melissa, and Miss Rian! He also thanks his family, friends, and teachers. Pursue your dreams!

Matthew JonesMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Matthew Jones (LOL Guild/Monkey) kicks off this show by turning ten! He really loves theater. His goal for 2018 is a microphone. Having three older siblings involved in theater, it can be hard not to just follow in others’ footsteps, but he sees things in his own unique ways! Matthew hopes you know how true it is that there really is no place like HOME, although his plans later in 2018 take him to North Carolina for 8 weeks to accept a role he understudied in 2017. He wants to thank all the fam, friends, and directors, as well as the Blairs!

Chloe KempTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Chloe Kemp (Tree) is very excited to be making her debut on Main Stage! She has performed on the Children’s stage for the past year and a half, and some of her favorite roles include Bird Girl in SEUSSICAL JR. and Anita in 101 DALMATIANS! She would like to thank her past directors for helping her get to where she is, and her family and friends for their endless support! She would also like to give a huge thank you to the directors of WIZARD for giving her this opportunity!

Clare KernanMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Clare Kernan (Coroner/Jitterbug/Oz Kid) is 11 years old and thrilled to be in THE WIZARD OF OZ! She sings in the Cantare Youth Performance Choir and enjoys playing the piano. Clare most recently played an Orphan in ANNIE on Artisan's Main Stage and Ugly in WC Arts Academy’s HONK JR production. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and brother for encouraging her to follow her dreams and she gives this all back to God for His Glory.

Sean KernanMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Sean Kernan (Wizard) is excited to be performing in his first production at Artisan (or anywhere!). He was inspired by his Munchkin daughter, Clare, to make his acting debut and join her in this iconic American story. He is very grateful to Clare, his wife, Erica, and son, Simon, for their encouragement and coaching. He wants to thank his many adoring fans (aka family and friends) who have come out to see the show.

Joel LagroneTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Joel Lagrone (Wizard) is ecstatic to be at Artisan again. A former board member at Artisan and American Heart Association, he now serves as board member for Recovery Resource Council. Some of his favorite roles at Artisan include Noah in THE ARK, Erik in PHANTOM, and Lancelot in CAMELOT. Joel is thankful for the support of his lovely wife D’Aun, family and friends.

Daniel LawsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Daniel Lawson (Ensemble/Oz Man) is a new cast member to Artisan, but has loved theater since he was a young boy. THE WIZARD OF OZ will be the first production for him to take part in, but certainly not the last. Theater has been a wonderful outlet for him throughout his life and especially during the years he served in the Marine Corps. He is excited for the new opportunities that this experience will bring.

Claire LuckieTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Claire Luckie (Ensemble/Oz Woman) is very excited to be a part of WIZARD OF OZ! Some of her favorite shows have been ELF THE MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL JR. and THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY. When not performing, she enjoys drawing, playing guitar, listening to music, reading, and writing. Per aspera ad astra!

Joy MaloneTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Joy Malone (LUL League/Monkey) is overjoyed to be making her Main Stage debut! You may have previously seen her in HANSEL AND GRETEL as Ensemble (Texas Theater For Young People) and as Penny in 101 DALMATIANS (Artisan Children's Theater). Joy would like to thank her friends, mentors, family, and God for this wonderful opportunity! Enjoy the show!

Mikayla MedfordMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Mikayla Medford (Tree) is stoked to be a part of THE WIZARD OF OZ for the second time at Artisan! Favorites roles at Artisan include Lily St. Regis in ANNIE, Fancy Nancy in FANCY NANCY THE MUSICAL, and Dinah in STARLIGHT EXPRESS. She is so grateful for her family and friends for supporting her endeavors, even if she is crazy sometimes. She would also love to thank John, Melissa, and Rian for this awesome opportunity. Philippians 4:13

Tamera MillerMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Tamera Miller (Ensemble/Oz Woman) has a lot of fun working at the Artisan and has been in many productions here. Some of her favorite roles have been Morgan Le Fay in CAMELOT, Matilda in ALL SHOOK UP, and Vi Moore in FOOTLOOSE. Recently she was honored to portray the Bird Woman in MARY POPPINS and Mary Martin-of-Tours in her dream show, SISTER ACT. She would like to thank her mom, dad, and sister for all their love and support.

Brooke MorrisonMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Brooke Morrison (Munchkin/Monkey) is thrilled to debut in her role here on the main stage at Artisan in THE WIZARD OF OZ! She is 7 yrs. old and loves to perform and make others laugh. She is most comfortable and at home on the stage, and she is blessed and thankful to have worked her first big performance with such a talented cast and crew. An awesome experience!

Billy MyersTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Billy Myers (Cowardly Lion) has been asking Artisan to produce this show for more than 5 years. He is grateful to have this opportunity to play one of his all-time favorite roles and share the stage with his son, Jonathan, and mother, Collene. You may have seen Billy in many shows here over the past 8 years, or you may have seen him play Peter or other roles at THE PROMISE in Glen Rose.

Collene MyersTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Collene Myers (Ensemble/Oz Woman) is excited to be a part of another Artisan performance. Artisan makes it a joy to be with her family, Billy and Jonathan, onstage. She has been in SCROOGE and THE PROMISE in Glen Rose.

Jonathan MyersTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Jonathan Myers (Mayor/Head Monkey/Oz Kid) is thankful to be able to perform this role with his family. He has performed in THE PROMISE. This is his 5th main stage show at the Artisan. He also was previously in THE WIZARD OF OZ at Plaza.

Braylen NelsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Braylen Nelson (LOL Guild/Monkey) is so excited to make his theatrical debut in THE WIZARD OF OZ. He has previously taken Broadway Bound classes at Casa Mañana and Artisan Theater. He loves reading and writing comics. He is thankful for the support of his family and friends, and is grateful for the opportunity to participate in his first production.

Duncan ParkesTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Duncan Parkes (Crow/Head Jitterbug) is thrilled to be in THE WIZARD OF OZ. Duncan has had the honor of being in several shows on Artisan’s Main Stage and Children’s stage. His favorite shows include STARLIGHT EXPRESS (as Flat Top), BIG FISH (as Karl the Giant), PINKIE AND BLUE, YOU CAN’T STOP THE BEAT, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD. Duncan thanks his family for their support and encouragement. Soli Deo Gloria!

Rob ParrottMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Rob Parrott (Cowardly Lion) is thrilled to be back on the Artisan stage! You may have seen him previously as the Ghost of Christmas Present in SCROOGE THE MUSICAL and as The Baron in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG. Rob is a regular cast member in THE PROMISE in Glen Rose, where he plays one of the twelve disciples. While Artisan is definitely a favorite place to perform for Rob, he has also been in the musical OLIVER twice as Mr. Bumble (Uptown Theater) and Mr. Brownlow (Granbury Opera House). He couldn’t do theater if it wasn’t for his wife of 26 years, Lori! Acts 2:21

David PriddyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

David Priddy (Crow/Winkie General) wishes to thank the patrons, producers, directors, cast and crew for all their contributions to THE WIZARD OF OZ. He’s played George Banks in MARY POPPINS, Ewart Dunlop in MUSIC MAN, and Jacob Marley in A CHRISTMAS CAROL. He loves performing with members of his family. He has performed with his son, Peter, in this show, his daughter, Omega, and son, Stephen, in OKLAHOMA, and his parents in ANNIE. Exodus 4:10, John 14:6, Acts 24:14

Peter PriddyTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Peter Priddy (LOL Guild/Jitterbug) enjoys being part of THE WIZARD OF OZ. He participated in THE MUSIC MAN with his dad. Peter loves drama, reading (particularly Rick Riordan), and video games (particularly Portal 2, Team Fortress 2 and Wizard 101). He also loves board games, including Monopoly, at which he has even defeated his Dad.

Zoe RowbothamTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Zoe Rowbotham (City Father/Monkey) is 9 years old and loves musical theatre! Her dream is to go to college and someday to New York, Hollywood, and Paris to perform. She is a homeschooler in grade 4. She has been seen in ACT Children's Theater productions of 101 DALMATIANS, ONCE UPON A KISS: SNOW WHITE, and several local performances with The Artisan Ambassadors. Her family supports all her efforts and she is so excited to be a part of the Artisan family!

Chris StancilMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Chris Stancil (Henry) is a lifetime Barbershopper and only recently found acting. Some of his favorite roles at Artisan include Grandpa Potts in CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG, Jaycee Squires in THE MUSIC MAN, Chieftain O'Flaherty in THE PIRATE QUEEN, and most recently Lt Ward in ANNIE. Chris is thankful for the support of his family and thoroughly appreciates his theatre friends.

Caulder StapletonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Caulder Stapleton (Tree) is a junior at Temple Christian School. Her recent Artisan performances include SLEEPING BEAUTY, 101 DALMATIANS, and ONCE UPON A KISS: SNOW WHITE. She has been on the TCS stage in ANYTHING GOES, BYE BYE BIRDIE and RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S CINDERELLA. She is involved in cheerleading, NHS and worship teams at church & school. She would like to thank her family and friends for the love and support they give in her pursuit of her musical theater dreams.

Madie StelzerTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Madie Stelzer (Dorothy) is incredibly honored to be portraying one of her dream roles, and following in the footsteps of her biggest inspiration, Judy Garland. Some of her favorite shows at Artisan have been Margy Frake in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s STATE FAIR and Eponine Thenardier in LES MISÉRABLES. She would like to thank her family and friends for their support and the amazing production team of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Graci StubblefieldTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Graci Rose Stubblefield (Munchkin/Monkey) is excited to be part of Artisan Theater’s production of THE WIZARD OF OZ. She has been involved in Artisan Theater camps over the years. She is also currently a member of Fort Worth Christian School Theatre Department. She has performed in ANNIE, THE LITTLE MERMAID, and other productions there. Graci wishes to fulfill her dreams of becoming an actress. Special thanks to God, and her family.

Alyssa SumTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Alyssa Sum (LUL League/Monkey) is a spunky 7-year-old who loves singing, dancing and drawing. She has been attending shows at the Artisan since she was 4 and is excited to be living out her dream of being part of such an awesome theater.

Devon WatkinsTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Devon Watkins (Scarecrow) is happy to be performing on Artisan’s stage again in THE WIZARD OF OZ! He was last seen in Artisan’s production of ANNIE (Bert Healey). Devon is thankful for his family for supporting and cheering him on.

Elizabeth WilsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Elizabeth Wilson (Ensemble) has been onstage her whole life, whether in church choir, dance company, or theatre. Her favorite role to date, is Grace Farrell in ANNIE. Her first show at Artisan was WALKING ACROSS EGYPT, where she was able to share the stage with her mother and siblings. She is so excited to be a part of THE WIZARD OF OZ with her sister, Tori! She would like to thank God for the strength and talents He has given her.

Tori WilsonTue/Thu/Sat-7:30pm

 

Tori Wilson (Tree) loves to sing, dance and act. She has grown up with her favorite musicals, including LEGALLY BLONDE, NEWSIES, and CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY. Her dream roles are Elle Woods and Maria.

Cooper WisemanMon/Fri/Sat-3pm

 

Cooper Wiseman (Tinman) is delighted to be in his second show with Artisan Center Theater. He was last seen at Artisan as Noah Claypoole in OLIVER! (2012). Other roles include Henry in DIVERSIONS, Grimsby in THE LITTLE MERMAID, and Simeon in JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT. He is also a stilt walker and aspiring voice actor. Facebook.com/CooperWisemanActor

John TillmanJohn Tillman (Director) is an award-winning actor and director. He’s directed HARVEY, GODSPELL, TOWARD ZERO, MOON OVER BUFFALO, BEAU JEST, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, and the regional premieres of DUCK HUNTER SHOOTS ANGEL and PERFECT WEDDING. You may have seen John as Bert in MARY POPPINS, Terk in TARZAN, Sky in GUYS AND DOLLS, or Don Lockwood in SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN. John is a freelance writer with his own devotional blog (theparkforum.org) and is an occasional contributor to the YouTube shenanigans at How It Should Have Ended. Visit johnrtillman.com to learn more about John’s writing/acting/directing endeavors. To his love, Melissa, “There’s no place like home.”
Melissa TillmanMelissa Tillman (Choreographer) got bit by the Jitterbug early in life and hasn’t stopped dancing since. She’s a frequent featured dancer, dance captain, and choreographer. She’s choreographed NUNSENSE (twice), GODSPELL, MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and the “Bollywood-style” finale of AS YOU LIKE IT. She’s always wanted to call out her flying monkeys and is glad she finally got to do it! Home is wherever John is and there is no place like it.
Cassondra HarbinCassondra Plybon-Harbin (Stage Manager/Light Designer) is excited to be taking the backstage again with THE WIZARD OF OZ! Cassondra has been involved in over 70 shows at Artisan in many various roles. She knows the cast and production team for WIZARD OF OZ have worked really hard on this show, and she hopes that you have a wonderful time as you enjoy ACT’s production of THE WIZARD OF OZ.
Richard GwozdzH. Richard Gwozdz (Music Director) is excited to be working in another musical at Artisan Center Theater. Played piano since mom slapped him at 8 years old. With Texas Boy’s Choir sang for President Kennedy, Ed Sullivan Show, Perry Como Show, Grammy Award recordings, toured United States and Europe. Music Director at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church in Dallas, Maintenance Secretary for USPS, Pianist at Edelweiss German Restaurant, and 2016 DFW Theater Critics Forum Orchestral Conducting Award. Enjoy WIZARD OF OZ!
Rian SlayRian Slay (Assistant Director) is thrilled to be heading down the yellow brick road! Favorite shows that she has been a part of (both on and offstage) include PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, STATE FAIR, and CITY OF STARS. Rian also teaches the Acting for Teens class at Artisan Academy. Thanks to John and Melissa for letting her tag along on such a fun journey!
Doug VandegriftDouglas Vandegrift (Set Designer) is an artist, animator, actor, director, set designer, musician and puppeteer. He has many years of experience that includes many television credits as well as computer game credits. In the eighties, Doug worked as a storyboard director on many animated television shows including G.I. Joe, My Little Pony, Batman the Animated Series and the multi-Emmy awarded Muppet Babies, to name a few. A character actor whose lent his voice to many computer games including Papa Bear in the Berenstein Bears PC Game, Rita James online games, Tex Murphy Series and many others. Graduate from Utah State University with a degree in Stage design and directing. THE WIZARD OF OZ is a musical he knows very well having been associated with five other productions in the past.
Brianna Hunter (Asst. Costume Design) is a sophomore theatre major, at Texas Wesleyan. Previous Theatre Wesleyan technical credits include SPRING AWAKENING (Properties Design), BLITHE SPIRIT (Sound Board Operator), URINETOWN: THE MUSICAL (Wardrobe Crew), VSMS (Asst. Scenic Design), STOP KISS (Asst. Costume Design), and WHEN THE RAIN STOPS FALLING (Front Of House). Brianna is a member of Alpha Psi Omega.
Clarissa MurilloClarissa Murillo (Co-Costume Design) is a recent graduate of Texas Wesleyan University. Previous Theatre Wesleyan costume design credits include SPRING AWAKENING and STOP KISS. Clarissa is excited to make her debut Co-Costume designing for Artisan Center Theater.
Karen PotterKaren A. Potter (Co-Costume Design) has work that has been seen in various theatres and film festivals across the country. She is a designer for theatre, opera, film and television. She currently works as an Assistant Professor for Texas Wesleyan University. She worked for the California Institute of the Arts as a Costume Shop Manager and Adjunct Faculty. She lives with her two children and husband in Fort Worth, TX and works throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.