“Grace” Cast and Production Team

johnny_serious_B&WJOHNNY HEBDA (Steve) Johnny is founder and artistic director of Utah Repertory Theater Company. He has acted in, directed or produced more than 80 productions since a young child, performing professionally with such theaters as The Lost Colony (under the direction of Broadway director and Tony-nominated actor Terrence Mann), where he performed the title role of Romeo in Mann’s musical adaption of “Romeo and Juliet,” The American Family Theatre and the Roxy Regional Theatre. Additionally he has performed in numerous productions throughout Utah, including recent performances as Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie & Clyde,” CB in “Dog Sees God,” Mr. Applegate in “Damn Yankees,”Myles Gloriosus in “A Funny Thing…,” and Frederic in “The Pirates of Penzance.” Other favorite roles include Mozart in “Amadeus” (receiving the award for Outstanding Actor Award by the Florida Theatre Guild), Curly in “Oklahoma!,” and Joseph in “Joseph…Dreamcoat” (which he has performed three times). He has also acted in many films, a TV series and a number of commercials, most notably as Chad Sullivan in Pax TV’s “Sullivan Sisters” and the title character in the science fiction film “Orange” (Full Sail Film Festival, Orlando, Florida). Favorite directing projects include “Carousel” and “Side Show” with Utah Rep, “Parade” at BYU (which he received the Outstanding Student Director Award) , and “Little Shop of HORRORS” at the Florida School of the Arts. Johnny is a graduate of the Florida School of the Arts Conservatory Training Program (AA in Musical Theatre) and Brigham Young University (BFA in Music Dance Theatre). Johnny is a proud member of SAG and an active theater critic with the Utah Theatre Bloggers Association. Visit: johnnyhebda.com for more information.

Emilie Head shot 1EMILIE EILEEN STARR (Sara) Emilie is so excited to perform with Utah Rep for the first time. Emilie is one of many starving actresses in Utah. She has recently performed at Salt Lake Acting Company in “Saturday’s Voyeur” for the last two years and has toured Utah schools with Intermountain Health Care’s Live Well tour. Some of her favorite roles include Alice in “Closer” at Rose Wagner Theatre with Wasatch Theatre, Diana in “Next to Normal” at The Ziegfeld Theatre in Ogden, and Cavale in “Cowboy Mouth” at Good Company Theatre in Ogden. After “Grace,” Emilie will be heading up to Logan for the summer to perform in “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Musical of Musicals the Musical,” and “Tons of Money” with Old Lyric Repertory Company. She would like to thank her mother and sister, Jennie, for always coming to support her passion. Emilie would also like to that her friends, Eric and Tracy, for being her entourage and for always making her feel super cool!

JayC 2JAYC STODDARD (Sam) JayC’s acting career has spanned 35 years.  His first time on stage was when he was only 5 years old, growing up in Wyoming.  Eventually, JayC attended college at Utah State in Logan where he studied theater.  He has lived and worked as an actor in several western states, including Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Nevada, and now Utah.  In 2008 JayC moved to Salt Lake City and was cast in the title role in the first play he auditioned for, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” produced by the Around the Globe Theatre Company and directed by JC Carter. He has appeared in many Salt Lake area plays such as “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Tempest,” and “Bob Juan Casanova,” also for ATG.  JayC performed in “Three Days of Rain” with Pinnacle Acting Company, “Steadman & Walker: Zombie LLC” with The Hive Theater Company, and multiple shows at the Grand.  He is happy to not only be working with ATG and JC Carter once more, but also getting to work with Utah Rep for the first time.  Being in “Grace” has been a wonderful experience, he says. “I’ve been doing this whole acting thing for something around 35 years now.  I love that I can still learn from, gain experience, and enjoy the passion as much now as I ever have.”

JeffJEFFREY OWEN (Karl) This is Jeffrey’s first production with Utah Rep and ATG. Jeffrey last appeared in Jared Greathouse’s horror/comedy “Steadman and Walker” (Zombie LLC) with The Hive Theatre, playing the walking dead executive Ralph Steadman. He also appeared in The Hive’s successful run of Martin McDonough’s “A Behanding in Spokane,” where he played the role of Carmichael. He recently appeared as Mr. McAdam in Silver Summit Theatre Company’s debut production of “Screwtape.” Jeffrey has been part of the Salt Lake theater scene for over 30 years. Some of his favorite roles include Dr. Douglas in “Miss Evers’ Boys,” Herb in “Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures,” Roat in “Wait Until Dark,” Tom in “The Glass Menagerie,” Peter in “Prelude to a Kiss,” John Doyle Lee in “The Ballad of Mountain Meadows,” Ronnie in “House of Blue Leaves,” Leslie in “Seascape,” George Tesman in “Hedda Gabler,” Anthony in “Julius Ceasar,” Calaban in “The Tempest,” Edmond in “King Lear,” Henry IV in “Henry IV Part I, and Laertes in “Hamlet.” Jeffrey is a graduate of the Actor Training Program and has a BFA from the University of Utah. Enjoy!

CRAIG WRIGHT (Playwright) “Grace” premiered at Woolly Mammoth theatre (nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play). Recent productions: “Mistakes Were Made” at A Red Orchid Theatre, Hartford Stage and the Barrow Street Theater; “Blind” at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; “The Gray Sisters” at Third Rail Rep; “The Unseen” at Actors Theater of Louisville and upcoming at Stages Rep with “Lady,” which was commissioned by and received its world premiere from the Northlight Theatre and was subsequently produced at Rattlestick and around the country; “Recent Tragic Events” debuted at Woolly and was produced at Playwrights Horizons (finalist for the American Theatre Critics New Play Award and the Helen Hayes Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play); and “Melissa Arctic,” a contemporary adaptation of “The Winter’s Tale,” premiered at the Folger Theatre (2005 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play). Wright received an Emmy nomination for his “Six Feet Under” episode “Twilight” and served as writer and producer for “Lost,” “Brothers & Sisters,” “United States of Tara,” and his own series on ABC, “Dirty Sexy Money.”

JC CARTER (Director) JC most recently directed the world premiere of “Bob Juan Casanova” for Around the Globe Theatre. His other notable credits include “Twelve Angry Men” for Sugar Factory Playhouse, “True West” and “The Taming of the Shrew” for Wasatch Theatre Company, and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” for ATG. When he’s not directing or producing shows, he runs backstageutah.com, an online resource for Utah’s theater community. You can also hear him voicing his opinions on politics on the award-winning podcast, “The Left Show,” and you can hear his take on comic books every week on the “Hold 322” podcast. JC would like to thank his wife and family for their continued love and support.

ROBERT EASTON (Producer) Robert (known to friends and enemies alike as Bob) has been involved in acting, theatre and film, in one way or another for over 17 years. His first lead role was as Inspector Clouseau in a stage version of the “The Pink Panther Strikes Again.” Other favorite roles include Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing,” Paul Bratter in “Barefoot in the Park,” and Andy Ladd in “Love Letters.” He first started producing plays when he founded the Around the Globe Theatre Company in 2004 and has produced nine fully staged productions for ATG, including “Macbeth,” “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” “Glass Menagerie,” and “Bob Juan Casanova.” He is thrilled to be co-producing “Grace” with all the awesome folks at Utah Rep.

ANNIE BRANTLEY (Stage Manager) Annie previously worked with Utah Rep on “Bonnie & Clyde” and is thrilled to be working on “Grace.” She has a BFA in Technical Theater and has spent the past six years working countless shows, filling every role imaginable. Favorite past productions include “Red Noses,” “Equus,” “Putnum County Spelling Bee,” and “The Righteous and Very Real Housewives of Utah County.”

NANCY SUSAN CANNON (Costume Designer) 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 previously worked with Utah Rep on “Bonnie & Clyde” and is very excited to be a part of “Grace.”

EMILIO CASILLAS (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be working with Utah Rep/ATG for the first time. Recent credits include sound design for the Westminster Players’ production of “Three Sisters,” lighting design for Westminster Opera Studio’s “The Light in the Piazza,” and scenic design for the Westminster Players’ production of “The Sea Horse.” He will be directing Westminster Theatre Society’s production of Luigi Pirandello’s “Six Characters in Search of an Author” this May. Emilio also has stage management experience with Pinnacle Acting Company, the Salt Lake City Classical Greek Theatre Festival, the Westminster Players, the Grand Theatre, and the Westminster Opera Studio. Many, many thanks for the support and friendship of the Westminster Theatre and Music Departments, students, faculty, and staff alike.

MIKAL TROY KLEE (SoundScape Design) This is Troy’s first SoundScape for Utah Rep and AGT. Since 1998 Troy has created SoundScapes for PYGmalion Theatre Company as resident sound designer. Troy is also on the Board of Directors for Silver Summit Theatre Company and recently designed the set, sound and projections for its production of “33 Variations” as well as the artwork for each of their productions. Troy has also worked with The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, Salt Lake Acting Company, The Hive Theatre Company, Wasatch Theatre Company, Dark Horse Company Theatre, and Pinnacle Acting Company. Production designs include “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. While Troy has been doing theater since he was 9 years old, he is most proud to have been involved as a lighting and sound technician for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

KELLY DONAHUE (Makeup and Hair Designer) Kelly has been interested in makeup and the arts her whole life. She got an early start in FX work when she decided playing “Bear Attack!” with red lipstick and other makeup was more fun than playing beauty parlor. She has worked on several professional projects, including the currently-in-production Utah films “Survivor” (starring Kevin Sorbo), “Mythica,” and the Teddie Films parody of “The Walking Dead,” which has more than a million views on YouTube.

ASHLEY RAMSEY (Props Designer) Ashley began her acting career in San Diego and received her Bachelor’s in Theatrical Arts at Utah Valley University. She has been dancing since before she could walk and began working as choreographer in high school. Her love of dance has led her to aerial arts with Onyx studio. She was last seen on stage as Fakir in Utah Rep’s production of “Side Show” and behind the scenes directing the world premiere of “Dialogues” at UVU and “I Love You Because” for Utah Rep, for which she was honored with a Utah Reppy award for Best Director. Ashley recently choreographed Utah’s Rep’s “Bonnie & Clyde.” She is grateful for her sweet husband Chad and the rest of her family for their love and support.

LISA CLAYTON (Props Mistress) Lisa performed the role of Cumie in Utah Rep’s “Bonnie & Clyde.” Her most recent project includes the role of Bonnie Boylan in the cast of “Annie” with Draper Historic Theatre. Lisa relocated to the United States in 2013 after living in London for seven years. While in London, Lisa was in several plays, a television program, two commercials, and five films.

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