“Rent” Production Team

CooperWILLIAM COOPER HOWELL (Director/Choreographer) Cooper is a junior in the Bachelor of Fine Arts Musical Theater program at the University of Utah. His credits include the regional premiere of “In the Heights” at Pioneer Theatre Company, Coalhouse Walker Jr. in “Ragtime,” Malcolm X in “The Meeting,” Jim Conley in “Parade,” Michael Cassio in “Othello,” Wickersham Brother in “Seusical the Musical” and Little Harp in “The Robber Bridegroom.” Cooper was most recently seen in the lead role of Hänschen in the University of Utah production of “Spring Awakening,” directed by Denny Berry, and as Che in the Egyptian Theatre’s “Evita.”

Rea 2RICK REA (Musical Director) Rick is thrilled to be making his debut with Utah Rep. He serves as the artistic director of Ziegfeld Theatre Company in Ogden, and works as a freelance director, choreographer, music director, and private vocal coach in the SLC and Ogden areas. Rick will be next directing and choreographing the Western U.S. premiere of Stephen Sondheim’s “Road Show” at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center and “Into the Woods” for Ziegfeld. Recent projects include directing “Next to Normal,” “Avenue Q,” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.” Rick holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Weber State University. Love and thanks to the Utah Rep family (especially Cooper, Johnny and Jean), and my family and best friends. “You know who you are.”

ELENA DERN (Assistant Choreographer)

JEAN ANSOLABEHERE (Stage Manager) Jean is a recent graduate of Stanford University who has loved stage managing, playwriting, and directing for over 10 years. She has worked with companies throughout Los Angeles, the California Bay Area, and Salt Lake City, where she was fortunate to discover Utah Rep. She has been overwhelmed by the incredible talent and kindness of the “Rent” cast and crew.

MIKE GRAY (Lighting Designer)

HS20120339r8x10l-JamesJAMES HANSEN (Sound Designer) James is thrilled to be working with such an amazing cast.  “Rent” happens to be the only show he has seen twice on Broadway—a good sign that he loves it!  He has been involved in sound engineering for over 20 years.  In addition to sound for live theatre, he also does concerts, events, recording, and editing.  Most recently, he designed sound for shows in Davis County: “Annie” and the world premiere of “Robin Hood: Legend of the Sherwood Bandit.”  Favorite past productions include “Sweeney Todd,” “Joseph … Dreamcoat” (twice!), and “Into the Woods.”  He spends as much time as possible in New York, Orlando, and Anaheim.

KRYSTLE FILLAPELLI (Hair and Makeup) Whether it is on center stage or back stage, Krystle finds joy in the world of theater. She currently attends the Mandalyn Academy of Esthetics and loves what she is learning there. She has done hair and makeup for many shows including “Les Misérables,” “Arsenic and Old Lace,” “Suessical,” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” Her passions include singing and playing the piano, and she looks forward to her return to the stage.

CAROLYN URBAN (Costume Design) Carolyn is a student at UtahValleyUniversity in the Technical Theater program. She had been involved with costuming in many of their shows, including “Vincent in Brixton,” “The Crucible,” and, “most recently,” Dialogues. She has also been a dresser at Sundance for “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” She was thrilled to be invited into the “Rent” family.

HEATHER OBERLANDER (Dramaturg) Heather is a senior at UVU.  She has acted as dramaturg for several UVU productions, including “Othello,” “Cato,” and “A Doll House,” for which she won honorable mention in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Region 8.  She has also acted as an assistant dramaturg for the new play “Skinless” in the KCACTF MFA Playwrights Workshop.

JARON HERMANSON (Videographer and Photographer)


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