JOHNNY HEBDA (Director) Johnny is the artistic director and founder of Utah Rep. He has acted in, directed or produced more than 80 productions throughout the U.S., on both stage and film, 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, in which he toured more than 30 cities in various productions. He is a former member of Actor’s Equity and a current member of the Screen Actors’ Guild, an active theater critic for Utah Theatre Bloggers Association and the American Theatre Critics Association. Favorite directing projects include “Side Show” and “Carousel” (both with Utah Rep); “Parade” (Outstanding Student Director Award, BYU), “For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls,” and “The Little Shop of Horrors.” Recent producing credits include: “[title of show],” “August: Osage County,” “Love Letters,” “i love you because,” “What the Bellhop Saw,” and “Rent” (all with Utah Rep). Johnny is a graduate of Roosevelt University (MA in Directing), Brigham Young University (BFA in Music Dance Theatre) and The Florida School of the Arts Conservatory (AA in Musical Theater). Favorite acting credits include Clyde Barrow in “Bonnie & Clyde” (Broadway World Award Best Actor in a Musical) and Steve in “Grace” (both for Utah Rep); CB in “Dog Sees God,” Applegate in “Damn Yankees,” and Mozart in “Amadeus” (Florida Theatre Conference: Best Actor, College Division). www.johnnyhebda.com.
ANNE PUZEY (Music Director/Keyboard 1) “Bare” welcomes Anne to its production team as Music Director and also as part of the vocal coaching team from Audition Advantage. Anne has been making artistic contributions to dozens of shows and a number of local theater companies. In addition to Utah Rep, she is a regular staff member with Hale Centre Theatre West Valley, The Egyptian in Park City, Silver Summit, and the Ziegfeld Theatre, among others. She conducts workshops for Utah Theatre Association and is currently to help establish a new actors’ organization to help all performers have a place to meet, grow their skills, and learn about all the new opportunities in Utah musical theater. Her skills are legendary, and Utah Rep welcomes future work together on our upcoming productions.
MICHAEL HERNANDEZ (Choreographer) Michael is glad to be home for a bit after spending the past few years traveling the world with Disney Live stage productions. He attended Weber State University, where he majored in Musical Theatre with a minor in Dance. Choreographing is a passion Michael is eager to explore and develop, and he is always looking for new projects, so if you know of one let him know! “Always strive to be the goal!”
JAYC STODDARD (Assistant Director) “Bare” marks JayC’s second Utah Rep production, after playing the role of Sam in the company’s state premiere production of “Grace,” a role that earned him a City Weekly Arty Award. JayC is a Utah Rep board member. JayC will be directing “Rabbit Hole” for Utah Rep.
JC CARTER (Producer) A Utah Rep board member, JC most recently directed the Utah premiere production of “Grace” for Utah Rep and 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.
ANNIE BRANTLEY (Stage Manager) Annie is a Utah Rep board member. She 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?”—along with “August: Osage County” and “Bonnie & Clyde,” both for Utah Rep. She earned her BFA in technical theater from Westminster College.
JOSÉ PEÑA (Assistant Music Director) José received his BM in Piano Performance last year at Northern Arizona University where he studied with Dr. Raymond Ryder, Dr. Frank Scott and Rita Borden, and voice with Dr. Robert Saunders. He is currently studying with Jeffrey Price at the University of Utah. Although he considers himself as “classically trained,” José spends countless hours listening, studying and practicing many genres of music including, rock, jazz, pop, r&b, musical theater, and gospel. His dream is to accompany and vocal coach for opera and musical theater along with teaching at the university level. When he is not playing music or watching a performance, you can find him at the local dance hall or in the mountains enjoying Mother Nature.
ERIN ROYALL CARLSON (Vocal Coach) As a vocal coach for the challenging roles in “Bare,” Erin brings years of teaching and performing experience. She runs a very successful vocal studio, as well as being a co-founder of Audition Advantage with Anne Puzey and Jeanne McGuire. Her skills as a vocal coach make her in high demand for many of the performers in the theater community. She has appeared all over the valley in a number of high-profile productions. Last season she was seen as Fantine in the acclaimed Hale Centre West Valley production of “Les Misérables.” Prior to that, she played several leading roles at the Egyptian Theatre, including Cassie in “A Chorus Line,” Eva Peron in “Evita,” and Velma Kelly in “Chicago.” Audiences can look forward to seeing her as Cathy in the upcoming Utah Rep production of Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last 5 Years.”
NANCY SUSAN CANNON (Costume Designer) Nancy is an academic counselor in the TRiO Student Support Services department at UVU—her day job—and a Utah Rep board member. 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. As Utah Rep’s Resident Costume Designer, Nancy has previously costumed “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Grace,” “August: Osage County,” and “[title of show].” She is very excited to be a part of “Bare.”
JAMES HANSEN (Sound Designer) James was Sound Designer for Utah Rep’s productions of “Rent,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” and “[title of show].” He is thrilled to be working with such an amazing cast. James has been involved in sound engineering for over 20 years. In addition to sound for live theater, he also deejays and does concerts, events, recording, and editing. 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.
JOE JENKINS (Lighting Designer) “Bare” is Joe’s second Utah Rep production, after “[title of show.]” He recently returned to Utah from the state of Washington where he worked as the resident lighting designer for the Love Street Playhouse in Woodland and the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts in Longview. Joe holds a BFA in theater from Utah State University and has been working in stage lighting and production for nearly 20 years. In addition to musicals, he has also been involved in plays, concerts, film and TV, and touring productions. After relocating to Utah, he has been involved with the electrics crew at Pioneer Theatre Company.
CHASE RAMSEY (Set Designer) Chase Ramsey is casting director and artistic fellow at the Cutting Ball Theater in San Francisco. He is also founder of Warboy Theatre Projects and artistic director of FantasyCon. Chase is the producer of Utah Rep’s 2nd Stage series. Past directing credits with Utah Rep are “Love Letters” and “What the Bellhop Saw.” He will also be directing “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” as a Utah Rep 2nd Stage production during the run of “Bare.” His past work has been seen at Guthrie Theater in Chicago, Cal Performances, Campo Santo, Cutting Ball Theater, Center Rep, Sundance, Salt Lake Acting Company, Hale Centre Theatre, and Utah Valley University. He was awarded a 2014 Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Observership. Chase is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and represented by Stars Management San Francisco. www.Chase-ramsey.com
AMANDA RUTH WILSON (Scenic Arts Designer) “Bare” is Amanda’s third show with Utah Rep, after “Bonnie & Clyde” and “August: Osage County.” A Utah Rep board members, 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 for their help with the paint. She looks forward to more adventures with Utah Rep in the future.
KELLY DONAHUE (Makeup Designer/Sound Technician) 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 “Thirst,” “Survivor” (starring Kevin Sorbo), “Mythica,” and the Teddie Films parody of “The Walking Dead,” which has more than a million views on YouTube. A Utah Rep board member, Kelly has worked on Utah Rep’s “Bonnie & Clyde” and “Grace,” along with cast photo shoots.
MARC NAVEZ (Master Carpenter) Marc recently joined the crew at Utah Rep, and he is excited to be working with a talented group of individuals. He has been an avid renaissance man of theater since the ripe old age of 14 and continues to build scenery, choreograph, tech design, and produce theater. His true love lies in the area of directing, and can’t wait to finish his seventh show in a five-month period of time. He would like to thank Chase and Johnny for letting him put his foot in the door of Utah Rep. He also thanks Joe for the love and support he always offers. Marc promises that as soon as this project is over he will clean the house!
PACO AGUILAR (Sound Engineer/Consultant) A native of Salt Lake City, Utah, Paco brings a wealth of knowledge as he joins Utah Rep for this production of “Bare.” An audio engineer by trade, Paco earned his stripes in the world of live entertainment by touring all over the U.S. with national Broadway tours, live bands, and other performance based groups, including the Broadway shows “Bring in ’da Noise, Bring in ’da Funk,” “Les Misérables,” and “Jekyll & Hyde” — just to name a few. He now spends much of his time as a manufacturers’ rep in the world of professional audio, but still manages to find time to mix for live bands, ride his bike in local biking competitions, and hang out with his two children.
MEGAN PEDERSEN GUTIERREZ (Dramaturg) Megan is known in the theater community under the pseudo name of A Theater Lover. In the past, it was common for her to see over 100 shows a year. She used to review and write columns for Broadway World, Utah Theater Bloggers, Backstage Utah, and her own blog. However, she finds more enjoyment in simply experiencing the magic of theater rather than critiquing it. To share that experience, she now hosts monthly theater events through the Meetup group Utah Theater Lovers (join us at www.meetup.com/utahtheaterlovers). When not obsessing about theater, Megan enjoys writing, a glass of wine with friends, and above all else spending time with her wife and two daughters.
MADELINE SCHUYLER (Assistant Stage Manager) Madeline is a sophomore at Salt Lake School for the Performing Arts. Her latest production was “Eurydice,” in which she was the stage manager. Some of the favorite shows that she has worked on include “Much Ado About Nothing” and “Under Construction.” She is excited to be a part of “Bare.”
YAZZIE ERICKSON (Lighting Technician)
BOBBY GIBSON (Videographer) Working on videos for Utah Rep is combining two things that Bobby loves—video and theater. Bobby discovered musicals and theater about six years ago, and since then he has had the chance to see over 100 Broadway, Off-Broadway, touring, and local productions. Working with Utah Rep and being a part of bringing new shows to Utah is an incredible opportunity, he says. Bobby is currently pursuing a degree in Film from UVU, and he owns and operates In Blue Productions. After “[title of show],” this is Bobby’s second Utah Rep production. For more information, visit www.InBlueProductions.com.
JENNY BAUMAN (Graphic Designer) Jenny has been a graphic designer and photographer for nearly two decades, creating visuals and marketing for a wide variety of clientele. She is also an active performer, specializing in cirque aerial arts, and has been a featured dancer/singer in productions at Hale Centre Theatre and Midvale Main Street Theatre.
STEVE BAUMAN (Bass) Steve Bauman is very excited to be a part of “Bare.” Steve has had a lifelong love of music and has been playing bass professionally in the Salt Lake area for over 20 years. Most of that time has been spent as a for-hire bassist for local, regional, and national touring acts. Significant projects include bands Sugar Street, Ruby Release, Hoodroo Pone, Honest Soul, and Fat Soul. He has been involved in several studio recordings including three full-length albums and several EPs and project tracks, one even being featured on ESPN. Steve currently plays with local Salt Lake bands Marmalade Hill and Marty Lyman and the Millionaires, and is planning a regional tour with The Ryan Hiller Band in March 2015. Steve would like to extend a big thanks to his family and his loving supportive wife Jenny, who is also an active performer in the Salt Lake area.
BRAD LORD (Drums) Brad began music in middle school participating in choir, percussion, and symphonic ensembles. He didn’t start on a drumset until he was 16 and began drumline about the same time. At Riverton High School, he played in the percussion ensemble, concert and symphonic bands, musical theater orchestras, the drumline, and jazz ensemble. Upon graduation in 2006, he became a member of the University of Utah drumline in the snare section and stayed there for five years. Recently, he decided to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Music with an emphasis in Jazz Performance at the University of Utah. Brad was accepted into the program in 2012, and has two years remaining until graduation from the School of Music at the U. Aside from academic studies of percussion, he has performed with various rock bands around the Salt Lake area, a steel drum band, the Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, Wasatch Theater Company’s “Road Show,” and RHSM’s “Oliver!”
AARON WILCOX (Guitar 2) I have been involved in musicals for over 10 years now. But this is one experience that is completely new to me. I am usually the one that is IN the musical production itself, not accompanying it, so this has been an adventure! This is my very first musical I have played any instrument for! I have been playing the guitar for 6 years, and am self-taught. Music is a very important part of my life. Every day there is something i am involved in that includes some type of music. Being a part of this production hopefully opens new doors and opportunities for me down the road! It has been such an amazing experience to watch, learn, and grow with this band, production, and everyone involved. I am so thankful to be a part of this!
JEANNE McGUIRE (Keyboard 2) Since her retirement from a three-decade teaching career, Jeanne has enjoyed her involvement in Audition Advantage and a number of local productions. She has provided keyboard skills to the Utah Rep productions of “Side Show,” “Carousel,” and now “Bare.” In addition, Jeanne has been involved with Dark Horse Company Theatre and Silver Summit Theatre Company, and she music-directed “A Chorus Line” last season for the Egyptian Theatre in Park City. She gives her strong support to these theater companies who are committed to providing a broad assortment of theater choices and for doing the work necessary to have live accompaniment for the performers.
MICHAEL MUNGUIA (Guitar 1) Michael was born in California and raised in Utah. From a young age he showed an interest in music. At the age of 12 he began teaching himself the guitar and laying classical saxophone. He learned to read and compose guitar music as well and immersed himself in music theory. Michael learned various styles such as jazz, rock, blues, flamenco and fusion. His abilities have allowed him to play in jazz bands and go on tour with a Spanish rock band. Today he is a guitar instructor, speech therapist assistant, and photographer in the Ogden area.
UTAH REPERTORY THEATER COMPANY Since its inception just two short years ago, Utah Rep boasts a number of significant milestones. The company’s first production, the Utah premiere of “Side Show” in January 2013, was followed by seven other first-in-state productions: “i love you because” (a Broadway World 2013 Best Pick selection), “What the Bellhop Saw,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Grace,” “August: Osage County,” “[title of show]”—and now “Bare.” In its review for “Side Show,” Broadway World proclaimed the company to be “Utah’s most exciting up-and-company theater company.” The company’s production of “Rent” was selected as a Utah Theater Bloggers Association’s 2013 Best of Year production. For “Bonnie & Clyde,” the show’s lead actors and director were able to meet personally with composer Frank Wildhorn during preproduction, and a member of the original Broadway cast, Talon Ackerman, who created the role of Young Clyde, joined the cast and audience members for a post-performance talkback. For the lead performances in “Grace,” the company was honored with a City Weekly Arty Award. The Utah Rep/Silver Summit Theatre Co. co-production of the Pulitzer Prizing-winning “August: Osage County” was heralded as “an extraordinary ensemble production” by the Salt Lake Tribune in its “stand-out events” year-end summary of the arts. Following “August: Osage County,” the company launched season ticket sales to include five productions each year. Utah Rep hosted the “[title of show]” Tony-nominated book writer Hunter Bell for opening weekend celebrations and invited theater students and interested theatergoers to his popular “Die, Vampire, Die!” workshop during his stay in Salt Lake City. Production number ten, “Bare” is the company’s second staging at the newly opened Sugar Space Warehouse Theater for the Performing Arts, and Utah Rep is the resident theater company of this new performance venue. The company’s mission is to produce entertaining, adventuresome, and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals and neglected shows which some area’s theatergoers oftentimes aren’t able to enjoy. Utah Rep is a fully functioning 501(c)(3) not-for-profit theater company.