“August: Osage County” Cast and Production Team

Daniel-BeecherDANIEL BEECHER (Bill Fordham) Daniel studied with the Actor Training program at the University of Utah. He has most recently been seen locally at the Grand Theatre in “Noises Off,” “Our Town,” and “Death of a Salesman.” Other local credits include “Course 86 B in the Catalogue,” “The Caretaker,” and “An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuff” at Salt Lake Acting Company”; “Peter Pan,” “Macbeth,” “King Lear,” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at Pioneer Theatre Company; and many others.


Anne-Louise-BringsANNE LOUISE BRINGS (Jean Fordham) Anne graduated from Westminster College with a BFA in Theater Performance. She performed most recently as Wiglaf in “Beowulf” (Meat & Potato Theatre); Gloria in “Boeing Boeing” (Pinnacle Acting Company); a staged reading of “Mad Gravity” as Dakota (Salt Lake Acting Company); Rosalind in “As You Like It” (Davis Arts Council); and Lupita in “The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County” (AP Productions). Past favorite roles include Georgia in “Curtains,” and Antigone in “Antigone.


Sallie-CooperSALLIE COOPER (Mattie Fae Aiken) Sallie performed most recently as Dotty in “Noises Off” (The Grand Theatre). Other local roles include Mrs. Bumble in “Oliver!,” Miss Pross in “A Tale of Two Cities,” Yente in “Fiddler on the Roof,” and Mrs. Flannery in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Hale Centre Theatre); and Big Edie in “Grey Gardens” and Mrs. Gotleib in “Dead Man’s Cellphone” (Wasatch Theatre Company). She earned her BFA in Theater Education from the University of Utah.


Joe-CrinchJOE CRNICH (Steve Heidebrecht) Joe has appeared in regional theater from Florida to Chicago to Washington DC. He recently performed as Dr. Givings in “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play” (PygmalionTheatre). Local productions include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Davis Arts); “Eurydice” (The Grand Theatre); and “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth” (Weber State University).



Stein-EricksonSTEIN ERICKSON (Little Charles Aiken) Stein’s favorite roles include Jack Lawson in “Race,”  Sam Craig in “Our Town,” and Bernard in “Death of a Salesman” (The Grand Theatre);  Hal in “Proof,” and Adam in “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” (Pinnacle Acting Company); Carter in the regional premiere of Neil LaBute’s “Fat Pig”;  Ty in “Sordid Lives” (Pygmalion Productions); “Pride & Prejudice,” “You Can’t Take It With You,” and “Othello” (Pioneer Theatre Company); Cinna/Pindarus in “Julius Caesar” (Salt Lake Shakespeare); and Robbie in “Stags & Hens.” He holds a BFA from the University of Utah’s Actor Training Program. Many thanks for this wonderful opportunity, to my family, friends, and mentors for all their incredible love and enduring support.

April-FossenAPRIL FOSSEN (Barbara Fordham) April has appeared locally in “Nothing Personal,” “Suffrage,” “Mesa Verde,” “She Was My Brother,” and “Miasma” (Plan-B Theatre Company); “Rings” (The Grand Theatre); “The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County” (Alligator Press Productions); and “Three Days of Rain,” “An Ideal Husband,” and “Romeo and Juliet” (Pinnacle Acting Company). Regional credits include work with Berkeley Repertory Theatre and the California Shakespeare Festival. April holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from University of California, Berkeley.

Tamara-HowellTAMARA HOWELL (Johnna Monevata) Tamara performed recently in “Motherhood Out Loud,” “The 12 Dates of Christmas,” and “Seven and the Good Body” (Pygmalion Theatre). Other local roles include Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” and Rona Lisa Perretti in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (Pinnacle Acting Company); Steffy in “I Oughta Be in Pictures” (Utah Theatre Artists); and Noleta Nethercott in “Sordid Lives,” Lou in “Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter,” and Zoila in “Living Out” (Pygmalion). Tamara is also a mom and a junior high drama teacher. She earned her BFA in Theater from the University of Utah.

Melanie-NelsonMELANIE NELSON (Karen Weston) Melanie received her BA from Southern Utah University and her MFA from Southern Methodist University. Favorite roles are Berthe in “Boeing Boeing,” Emma in “Betrayal,” Elvira in “Blithe Spirit,” Hanna in “Arcadia,” Mrs. Cheveley in “An Ideal Husband,” Chris in “Dancing at Lughnasa,” Becca “Rabbit Hole,” and Catherine on “Proof” (Pinnacle Acting Company); Titania/Hippolyta in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Salt Lake Shakespeare); Portia in “The Merchant of Venice” (Greer Garson Theater); and “Ophelia” Hamlet (Fort Worth Shakespeare in the Park).

Michele-RideoutMICHELE RIDEOUT Michele has appeared locally in “Six Degrees of Separation,” “33 Variations,” and “Steel Magnolias.” She has been actively involved in local theater for over a decade and has worked in several capacities, including not only acting, designing, and directing, but she also served as the executive producer for a local community theater before stepping down to found Silver Summit Theatre Company. She is the artistic director and acting chair for SSTC. Other interests include film, writing, LOLCats, finger painting, and wasting time on the Internet.

Teresa SandersonTERESA SANDERSON (Violet Weston) Teresa is excited to be working with Utah Rep and Silver Summit for the first time. Most recently, Teresa played Martha in Pinnacle Theatre’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “3” with Plan-B Theatre Company. She received the 2013 City Weekly Arty Award for Best Local Theatre Performance for Plan-B’s “Eric(a),” which also toured to Theatre Out in California and to the United Solo Theatre Festival in New York City, where it won the festival award for Best Drama.


NOT-IN-SHOOT-Richard-ScharineRICHARD SCHARINE (Beverly Weston) Richard is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Utah Theatre Department. He has directed 90-plus plays, including 14 for People Productions, Utah’s first African-American theatre. The company’s next production will be Melanie Marnich’s “These Shining Lives,” which follows “August: Osage County” in this space in October. He has acted in seven foreign countries and 10 states, and his roles include the title role in “Wallace” (Plan-B); Giles Corey in “The Crucible” (The Grand Theatre); has appeared in “Comedy of Errors,” “Macbeth,” and “Twelfth Night” (Salt Lake Shakespeare Company).

NOT-IN-SHOOT-Allen-SmithALLEN SMITH (Sheriff  Deon Gilbeau) Allen has performed locally in “33 Variations” and “The Pavilion” (Silver Summit); “Reefer Madness” and “Assassins” (Dark Horse), “Bash” (Holladay Arts); “A Pied Piper: the Redemption of Hamelin,” “The Princess Who Never Smiled,” “Salt,” “Puss in Boots,” and “Momtaru: the Peach Boy” (Treehouse Troupe). Allen has a BA in Theater Education from Weber State University, and when not performing, he teaches drama to some of the greatest kids in the world at Rocky Mountain Junior High.


Daniel-TorrenceDANIEL TORRENCE (Charlie Aiken) Daniel has previously performed as Henry in “The Fantasticks,” Chuckles in “A Thousand Clowns,” Inspector in “The Real Inspector Hound, Dr. Prentice in “What the Butler Saw, Larkin in “Six Degrees of Separation,” Ludwig II in “The Lorelei,” Touchstone in “As You Like It,” Mavrodani in “Zorba, the Musical,” Kennedy in “Stories of Hawaii,” Chekhov in “The Good Doctor,” Mr. Birling in “An Inspector Calls,” King in “Meanwhile, Back at the Castle,” and Frederick Arnott in “Enchanted April.” He has also directed short plays for Wasatch Theater Company’s Page to Stage festival the last three years, during which he discovered the joys of working with fake blood.


MARK FOSSEN (Director) Mark is thrilled to work with both old friends and new in his first production with both Utah Rep and Silver Summit. His directing credits include “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Crucible,” “Death of a Salesman,” and “Our Town” (The Grand Theatre); “Romeo and Juliet,” “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and “As You Like It” (Davis Arts Council); “An Ideal Husband” (Pinnacle Acting Company); and “The Fables Project” (Wasatch Theatre Company). He recently completed his BA in Theater Studies at the University of Utah, and is an alumnus of the Plan-B/Meat & Potato Director’s Lab.

JOHNNY HEBDA (Producer) Johnny is the artistic director and founder of the Utah Repertory Theater Company. He has acted in, directed or produced more than 80 theater productions throughout the U.S., including performances in regional theaters such as The Lost Colony (performing the title of role of Romeo under the direction of Terrence Mann in his original rock musical adaptation of “Romeo & Juliet”), Roxy Regional Theatre, and Off-Off Broadway with the American Family Theatre in New York City. Favorite directing projects include “Side Show” and “Carousel” (Utah Rep); “Parade,” “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” and “The Little Shop of Horrors.” Recent producing credits include “I Love You Because,” “What the Bellhop Saw,” and “Rent” (Utah Rep); and “The Sound of Music,” “Oliver!,” “Peter Pan,” “The Fantasticks,” and “Love Letters.” Johnny is a graduate of BYU (BFA in Music Dance Theatre, directing emphasis); and The Florida School of the Arts Conservatory (AA in Musical Theater). Recent acting credits include Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie & Clyde,” Steve in “Grace,” (Utah Rep); CB in “Dog Sees God,” Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” and Frank Butler in “Annie Get Your Gun.” www.johnnyhebda.com

DAVID HANSON (Producer) David has been working in theater throughout the western U.S. for more than 25 years. An accomplished performer, he has also spent much of that time in the director’s chair on projects such a “Wait Until Dark” and “War of the Worlds” (Covey Center for the Arts), “12 Angry Men” (SCERA Center), “Fame: The Musical” (The Grand Theatre), The Foreigner (Hale Center Theater Orem), and “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 (The Springville Arts Council), among others. David has worked in other areas behind the scenes as well, in set and sound design, and he recently co-produced an audience interactive version of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A former student of Utah Valley State College’s School of Theater Arts, David also spends a great deal of time writing for the stage and screen.

MICHELE RIDEOUT (Producer) Michele plays Ivy Weston.

ANNIE BRANTLEY (Stage Manager) Annie has spent the past six years working countless shows, filling every production role imaginable. Favorite past productions include “Red Noses,” “Equus,” “The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee,” “Grace,” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” She earned her BFA in technical theater from Westminster College.

KEVIN DUDLEY (Set Design) Kevin is a MFA candidate at the University of Iowa (2013 Iowa Arts Fellow in design) and holds a BFA in scenic design from the University of Utah. He has designed for several companies in the Salt Lake market. He also co-founded Kensington Theatre Company in South Jordan, where he served as the resident designer and technical director for five seasons and over 20 productions. Kevin’s favorite designs include “Spring Awakening” and “Vernon God Little” (Babcock Theatre, University of Utah); “Chicago” and “Jekyll & Hyde” (Egyptian Theatre, Park City, Utah); “Absurd Person Singular” and “Pvt. Wars” (University of Iowa); and “Once Upon a Mattress” and “Two Gentlemen of Verona” (Salt Lake Shakespeare).

NANCY SUSAN CANNON (Costume Design) Nancy is an academic counselor in the TRiO Student Support Services department at UVU—her day job. She has a B.A. in Dance from BYU and also an M.A. in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Nancy’s passion is costume designing for film, stage, and performing groups. She had the opportunity to be costume manager at the Medals Plaza for the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics. She brings over 16 years of experience in various wardrobe capacities, as a costume designer, wardrobe set, wardrobe supervisor, stitcher, and wardrobe consultant. Nancy is very excited to be a part of “August: Osage County.”

MARTIN ALCOCER (Lighting Design) Martin will be a freshman at the University of Utah in the fall majoring in Stage Management with a second focus in lighting design. He graduated from Judge Memorial Catholic High School where he discovered his passion for theater. This is Martin’s first production as a lighting designer and is excited to have his premiere with Silver Summit and Utah Rep on their production of “August: Osage County.” Martin would like to thank the many people who have helped him along this path, including his parents for their continued support.

AMANDA RUTH WILSON (Scenic Artist) This is Amanda’s second show with Utah Rep, and she is excited to have been apart of putting the productions together behind the scenes. Amanda recently graduated with her BA in Theater Arts from UVU this summer.She is grateful for the support from her husband and from everyone at Utah Rep and Silver Summit for their help with the paint. She looks forward to more adventures with Utah Rep in the future.

BRIAN POWELL (Dramaturg) Brian has been performing in theater since he was in the 7th grade when he premiered as the town drunk in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” He is grateful for the priceless experience he received making theater with Castle Valley Community Theatre. Brian has done acting, designing, and stage managing, as well as writing and directing an original musical and other stage plays.

MIKAL TROY KLEE (SoundScape Design) Since 1998 Troy has created SoundScapes for PYGmalion Theatre Company as resident sound designer and is a member of the Silver Summit Theatre Board of Trustees. Troy has worked with the Classical Greek Theatre Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, Around the Globe Theatre Company, Utah Rep, the Hive Theatre Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, Dark Horse Company Theatre, and Pinnacle Acting Company. Production designs include “The Pavilion,” “Motherhood Outloud,” “Grace,” “The Women of Lockerbie,” “Antigone,” “A Behanding in Spokane,” “The Passion of Sister Dottie S. Dixon,” “In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play,” “The Coming Ice Age,” “Six Degrees of Separation,” “Dead Man’s Cellphone,” Dottie: The Sister Lives On,” “The Lion in Winter,” “In a Dark Dark House,” “True West,” “Popcorn,” “Sordid Lives,” “Stop Kiss,” “Steel Magnolias,” “Frozen,” “Dracula,” and “Gypsy.”

AMANDA CORBETT (Assistant Stage Manager) Amanda is a junior at Westminster College working toward a BFA in theater performance. Past shows include “Six Characters in Search of an Author,” “The Rape of Lucrece,” “Getting Out,” a staged reading of “The Imaginary Invalid,” “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” “Enchanted April,” “The Diviners,” and “Elephant’s Graveyard.”

RYAN DOUGHERTY (Assistant Director) Ryan is from Park City, Utah, and received his BA in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon. Past work includes Orpheus in “Eurydice” and Ralph in “Awake and Sing.” This is his first experience in a directorial capacity, assistant or otherwise, and he is grateful to Mark for giving him this opportunity. He is currently attending the MFA Performance program at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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