JASON BOWCUTT (Director) Jason directs his first project with Utah Rep. He is friends with the “[title of show]” playwright Hunter Bell and composer Jeff Bowen and he was lucky to see “[title of show]” at every stage of production in New York and had the pleasure of working with Hunter, Jeff, and Susan Blackwell (who created the role of Susan in “[title of show]” and hosts “Side by Side by Susan Blackwell”) through an organization that he co-founded called the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. He fell in love with their style, humor and spirit and is truly thrilled to have had the experience to work on this extraordinary musical. In Utah Jason has previously directed “Adam & Steve” and “The Empty Sea for Plan-B Theatre Company, “Reasons to Be Pretty” for the U of U Theatre Lab, “Well for Pygmalion Productions” and will be directing the upcoming Script-in-Hand production of “Marry Christmas” for Plan-B Theatre Company. Jason has acted and directed in New York and across the country. Theatres include Guthrie Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, Signature Theatre, Cincinnati Rep, Rep Theatre of St. Louis, Pioneer Theatre Company and Off-Broadway’s John Houseman Theatre. Jason is the Community and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Utah Division of Arts and Museums. Before joining the division, Jason was one of the Co-Founding Executive Directors of the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, a community-building organization for New York City’s Off-Off-Broadway Theatre community. Jason’s education was in theater and he spent many years working in New York and around the country as an actor, director, and producer.
KEVIN MATHIE (Music Director/Larry) Kevin is happy to be performing his first show with Utah Rep! He is the resident Musical Director at the Grand Theatre. He has also been the musical director/arranger for Salt Lake Acting Company’s “Saturday’s Voyeur” for the past five years. Salt Lake City Weekly named Kevin the Best Behind-the-Scenes Musical Theater MVP for the 2013 Arty Awards. His recent directing and conducting credits include the U.S. Premiere of Monty Python’s new show “Not the Messiah” and “Once on This Island,” “Into the Woods,” “La Cage Aux Folles,” “Xanadu,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” “Oliver!,” “Urinetown,” “Schoolhouse Rock Live!,” “Musicals of Musicals the Musical,” “Cabaret,” and “My Fair Lady” to name a few. As a composer for theatre, Kevin has produced complete original vocal scores for “Shear Luck” (book/lyrics by Brenda Cowley), “Rumpelstiltskin” (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), “Jack and the Beanstalk) (book/lyrics by Dana Keiter), and Intermountain Heath Care’s “Live Well” (co-written with Eric Jensen and Robin Wilks-Dunn) that tours schools throughout Utah. He has also written incidental scores for Salt Lake Acting Company’s “Two-Headed” and “Voices in the Dark,” The Grand Theatre’s “Miss Evers’ Boys,” and “Our Town,” and Weber State University’s “Danse Macabre.” He also writes for film and TV, including arranging and musically directing a special comedy song for the Showtime special Larry Wilmore’s “Race, Religion, and Sex in Utah.” He was awarded Best Musical Score for the short film “Enthusiasm” at the 2014 Las Vegas 48-Hour Film Project, and Best Musical Score at the 2009 Salt Lake City 48-Hour Film Project for the short film “S.H.A.T.” Kevin is a member of the Dramatists Guild.
ASHLEY GARDNER CARLSON (Choreographer)
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
CYLIE HALL (Stage Manager) Cylie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Oklahoma Baptist University. Since graduation, she has been involved in many productions throughout Utah, both back and on stage. After being the Costume Mistress for Utah Rep’s “Bonnie & Clyde,” Cylie has joined the company board as Box Office Manager and continues to assist in stage management and costumes.
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. As Utah Rep’s Resident Costume Designer, Nancy has previously costumed “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Grace,” and “August: Osage County.” She is very excited to be a part of “[title of show].”
JOE JENKINS (Lighting Designer) Joe 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.
JAMES HANSEN (Sound Designer) James was Sound Designer for Utah Rep’s “Rent” and “Bonnie & Clyde.” He is thrilled to be working with such an amazing cast. He 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.
HUNTER BELL (“[title of show]” Book) earned an Obie Award, a GLAAD Media nomination, a Drama League nomination, a Jim Owles Human Rights Award, and a 2009 Tony nomination for Best Book of a Musical, all for “[title of show].” Other credits include the book for “Silence! The Musical,” the book for the 137th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus’ “Bellobration!,” and the book for “Villains Tonight!” for Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines. He has contributed material to numerous benefits and events including the Easter Bonnet and Gypsy of the Year competitions as well as Broadway Bares, all for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. He is also a co-creator of the web series “the [title of show] show” on titleofshow.com. A finalist in the Warner Brothers Comedy Writers’ Workshop, Hunter has written numerous spec scripts, pilots and industrial films, and developed new works at the Dramatists Guild, the O’Neill Center, Irish Rep, PS 122, Goodspeed/Chester, Manhattan Theatre Club, the Neighborhood Playhouse, CanStage, and the Manhattan Theatre Source, and is currently in development with ABC television creating a new half/hour sitcom. As an actor, he has performed both on and off Broadway, at the St. Louis Rep, Great Lakes Theatre Festival, the North Shore Music Theatre, The MUNY, Dallas Shakespeare Festival, Cleveland Playhouse, Vineyard Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Alliance Theatre, Carnegie Hall, York Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, and the Paper Mill Playhouse. In 2003, he won the Connecticut Outer Critics Award for Best Actor in a Musical. TV credits include “Guiding Light,” Disney’s “Out of the Box,” and Great Performances on PBS. Film credits include “Goodbye Baby” and “Men Who Stare at Goats.” Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Hunter is a graduate of Woodward Academy, a distinguished alumnus of Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts (where he earned a BFA in Musical Theatre), an honorary inductee to the Yale Dramat, and a proud member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors’ Equity Union, SAG/AFTRA, and the Writers Guild of America.
JEFF BOWEN (“[title of show]” Music and Lyrics) Jeff wrote the music and lyrics for and starred in the Broadway musical “[title of show]” for which he won an Obie Award, as well as a GLAAD Media nomination and, along with his cast mates, a Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance by an Ensemble. He was awarded the Jim Owles Human Rights Award and was named one of the 100 most influential people in Out magazine. He has written music and lyrics for “Villains Tonight! for the Walt Disney Company,” the Easter Bonnet competition for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors’ Fund 125th Anniversary Gala, the Vineyard Theatre’s 25th Anniversary Gala, the 53rd Annual Drama Desk Awards, Broadway in South Africa, and “Broadway Bares 18: Wonderland.” He has composed music for several shows at P.S. 122, including “Avant-Garde-A-Rama in Sparklevision”; “Hello, My Name Is Avant-Garde-A-Rama”; “Sparklefest 2000 at Dixon Place”; “The A-Train Plays”; and the film “Boat Mime.” As an actor he has performed works at The O’Neill Center, Manhattan Theatre Source, Ars Nova, the Vineyard Theatre and appeared in the Actors Fund benefit of “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at the August Wilson. He co-wrote and starred in the web series, “the [title of show] show” as well as scoring and performing its theme song. He is currently developing a half-hour sitcom for ABC. Jeff is a proud member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Actors’ Equity Association, the Writers Guild Association, the Dramatists Guild of America, Yale Dramat, and National Audubon Society.
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 six other first-in-state productions: “i love you because,” “What the Bellhop Saw,” “Bonnie & Clyde,” “Grace,” “August: Osage County”—and now “[title of show].” In its review for “Side Show,” Broadway World proclaimed the company to be “Utah’s most exciting up-and-company theater company.” For “Bonnie & Clyde,” the show’s lead actor 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 postperformance talkback. Following the successful staging of the Pulitzer Prizing-winning “August: Osage County,” the company launched season ticket sales to include five productions each year. Utah Rep is honored to host the “[title of show]” Tony-nominated book writer, Hunter Bell, for opening weekend celebrations and to invite theater students and interested theatergoers to his celebrated workshop “Die, Vampire, Die” during his stay in Salt Lake City. For the lead performances in “Grace,” the company was honored with its first City Weekly Arty Award. The contemporary rock musical “Bare,” Jan. 16-31, 2015, is Utah Rep’s next production and is an additional state premiere for the company. Production number ten, “Bare” will be 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 performing venue. The company’s mission is to produce entertaining, adventuresome, and illuminating premieres of dramas and musicals and neglected shows which some of the area’s theatergoers oftentimes aren’t able to enjoy. Utah Rep is a fully functioning 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater company.