“Straight” Cast and Production Team

ANDREA PETERSON (Emily) Andrea made her Utah Rep debut as Woman in the company’s regional premiere of “The Other Place.” She is a storyteller–be it as a filmmaker, writer, or actor. Her life is driven by an unassailable curiosity and a mantra of “why not?” Her wanderlust and work have taken her from New York to Miami and all over Europe and Latin America working as a freelance video journalist. She recently wrote, directed, and edited two short films “Past a Moment” and “Sisters” and was the show creator, writer, and actor for the web series “You Again;” in which she won awards for her screenwriting. Andrea thrives off of straddling the line of acting on stage and performing in films. Locally, she worked with Salt Lake Acting Company on the world premiere of “Winter,” and performed at the Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival in the world premiere of “Exposure.” Most recently, she had the opportunity to work with Maria Bello on a VR/Life Performance piece, “Honor and Dignity,” that debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Directly following “Straight” she will be working with Pygmalion Productions on play “The Red Bike.” When not wearing the many hats of stage and film, you can find Andrea producing videos and podcasts for Salt Lake magazine and teaching film for stage actors at the University of Utah. www.andreadaneepeterson.com

DALLON D. THORUP (Chris) After a year hiatus, Dallon is more than ready to jump back onto the stage in this emotional role. “It’s been an absolute joy delving into the script and really ripping into this character.” This will mark Dallon’s 7th production with Utah Rep; his favorites being: “Amadeus” (Venticelli), “Carrie the Musical” (Ensemble), and “Cabaret” (Victor). Other favorite credits include, “The Addams Family Musical” (Fester Addams), “Sweeney Todd” (Beadle Bamford), “Damn Yankees” (Joe Hardy), “Footloose” (Ren McCormack), “Romeo and Juliet” (Benvolio), and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead” (Rosencrantz). Dallon would like to thank his family, friends, cast, and crew for being as supportive and understanding through this process with how challenging some moments have been.

JOHN VALDEZ (Ben) With “Straight,” John makes his Utah Rep debut. Since 2007, Provo native John Valdez has been studying acting in school, for stage and film, with the intent of becoming a professional full-time actor. Using a mix of Stanislavski’s system and Strasberg’s method, John brings a grounded realism to each of his characters in order to portray an accurate and honest human experience. John received a BA in Theater Studies from BYU, is a certified stunt professional through the United Stuntmen’s Association and is a second-degree black belt in kung fu—all of which have contributed to many varied roles in stunt and fight performance and choreography. Recent credits include Adrian in the Amazon TV series “Amarog” and fight choreographer for Cobb & Co. Theater’s 2017 production of “The Three Musketeers.” John is looking forward to auditioning for the 2019 pilot season in Los Angeles and can’t wait to get on a national series!


JC CARTER (Director) JC has been directing and producing theatrical productions around Utah for more than 20 years. His most notable directing credits include the critically acclaimed productions of: “Doubt”, “Amadeus,” and “Grace,” for Utah Rep; “Twelve Angry Men” for Sugar Factory Playhouse; “True West,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” and “The Spitfire Grill” for Wasatch Theatre Company; and “Bob Juan Casanova” and “Picasso at the Lapin Agile” for Around the Globe Theatre Company. In addition to directing, JC is also part of the Utah Rep Managing Committee, Podcasts every week on the award-winning podcasts: “The LEFT Show” and “The World’s Greatest Comic Book Podcast“, and runs the Backstage Utah website. He would like to thank his wife and family for their constant love and support. www.jccarter.info

MICHAEL NIELSEN (Costumes) “Retired” from costuming/acting/theatrical producing in Hollywood, Michael returned to his home state of Utah, and to his real passion, theater. He has since costumed, directed and performed for several companies in the valley. None of which could he have done without the help and support of his husband, Al.


SCOTT ELMEGREEN (“Straight” Playwright) Scott is a Brooklyn-based playwright, composer and author. His play ”Straight” was a New York Times Critics’ Pick for its “smart, bracing” writing; it premiered off-Broadway and has been translated into four languages for productions around the world. His music and orchestrations have premiered on Broadway and HBO in the Drama Desk and Emmy Award-nominated” Colin Quinn: Long Story Short,” directed by Jerry Seinfeld, as well as in numerous national tours, off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway shows. He wrote the book, music and lyrics for theatrical adaptations of PBS Kids’ “The Magic School Bus” (Bay Area Children’s Theatre premiere; national tours in the United States and China), the New York Times Bestselling series “Ivy Bean” (“A wry, rollicking show with infectious spirit and a breathless energy that thoroughly enchants”—New York Times; BACT premiere; The Atlantic Theater Company, off-Broadway; national tour), and the New York Times Bestselling “Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy” picture books (BACT premiere; national tour). Other shows include “Vote (for Me!): A Musical Debate” (Roy Arias Stages, off-Broadway; London Theatre Workshop; The TimesCenter), “College the Musical” (New York Musical Festival Award, Best Lyrics), “Thucydides” (Samuel French Play Festival Winner) and “Awesome Allie, First Kid Astronaut” (Vital Theatre, off-Broadway; planetarium premiere at the Cradle of Aviation Museum, spring 2018). He is a graduate of Princeton University. www.scottelmegreen.com

DREW FORNAROLA (“Straight” Playwright) Drew is a playwright, songwriter and producer from New York. He is currently developing a stage musical for DreamWorks. Film: “VeggieTales Noah’s Ark” (DreamWorks, 2015), starring Wayne Brady. Theater: “Straight” (2016 New York Times Critics’ Pick), “Claudio Quest” (winner of six 2015 New York Musical Festival Awards for Excellence); “Molly Shannon’s Tilly the Trickster” (Atlantic Theater Company, collaboration with the “Saturday Night Live” star Molly Shannon), “Thucydides” (Winner of Samuel French Play Festival, Samuel French), “Vote (for Me!): A Musical Debate” (London Theatre Workshop, Roy Arias Theater off-Broadway), “College the Musical” (MTVu Award); and two musicals for children. Awards: NYMF Award for Excellence in Lyrics, John Wallowitch Award for Songwriting, 2018 Ovation Award nominee, finalist for the 2014 Kleban Award and 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, and five-time MAC Award nominee as a cabaret artist. Concerts: Lincoln Center, 54 Below, Broadway au Carre (Paris), London Theatre Workshop (London), Bar Fedora at Au Lac (Los Angeles), among others. Drew is the co-creator and host of the critically acclaimed “Madame Mathieu’s Soiree,” an avant-garde variety show in the West Village. In Development: Highlights from “Tiananmen” premiered in a concert at 54 Below starring Tony Award-winner Ruthie Ann Miles and Telly Leung (“Glee”) Education: B.A. Princeton University, J.D. Fordham, Alumnus BMI Musical Theatre Workshop. www.drewfornarola.com


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