Johnny Hebda (Director)
Johnny Hebda is the Artistic Director and Founder of Utah Rep, and is excited to see how far the company has come, now in our 5th season, Kiss of the Spider Woman marks Utah Rep’s 22nd production. Previous directing credits include: Side Show, Carousel, Bare, Carrie: the Musical, and Heathers all for Utah Rep. Hebda’s direction of Bare garnered statewide and national attention, including “Best Direction of a Musical” and “Best Musical” in the 2015 Broadway World Regional Awards. Other directing credits include: Parade, The Little Shop of Horrors, The Bald Soprano, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls, The Sound of Music, and Oliver. Notable Acting Credits include: Romeo in Romeo and Juliet the Rock Musical (written and directed by Tony-nominated actor/director Terrence Mann at The Lost Colony), Mozart in Amadeus, Clyde Barrow in Bonnie & Clyde, Steve in Grace and CB in Dog Sees God. AA in Musical Theatre from the Florida School of the Arts, BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University, MA in Directing from Roosevelt University; johnnyhebda.com.
JayC Stoddard (Assistant Director)
JayC Stoddard’s acting career has spanned 35 years. In his life, JayC has lived and worked as an actor in several western states such as Wyoming, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Nevada and now Utah. He studied Theater at Utah State University. 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. Since then, JayC has appeared in many Salt Lake area plays such as The Glass Menagerie, The Tempest and Bob Juan Casanova, also for ATG. JayC also appeared in Three Days of Rain with Pinnacle Acting Company, Steadman & Walker: Zombie LLC with The Hive Theater Company, and multiple shows at the Grand.
Anne Puzey (Music Director)
Anne has been Music Director for productions at Hale Centre Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Westminster College, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Dark Horse, Utah Children’s Theatre and Utah Repertory Theater Company. She earned her degree from BYU, toured with the Brigham Young University Singers and has been the choral director at Bennion Junior High for 26 years. She received the Teacher of the Year Award for 2015-16. Anne has worked with Merrill Osmond, Jill Santoriello, Will Swenson, Jason Robert Brown, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Jason Danieley, Marin Mazzie, Jeff Whiting, Kate Baldwin, Tyce Green, Constantine Maroulis, Seth Rudetsky and Pacek & Paul. She received a lifetime service award from The Utah Theatre Association. She did audition accompaniment for Big League Productions in New York City, stage managed auditions for The Marius Company and was a vocal coach for Utah Opera and Symphony. Anne is part-owner of Audition Advantage.
Ashley Gardner-Carlson (Choreographer)
Ashley is happy to be collaborating on her fourth project with Utah Rep after choreographing [title of show], Carrie, and Cabaret. Ashley is the resident choreographer at Bonneville High School and her work can also be seen at Westminster College, and the Grand Theatre.
Annie Brantley (Stage Manager)
Annie is returning to UTRep for the eighth time. Favorite past productions include Red Noses, (Westminster Players) Grace, (Utah Rep) Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Pinnacle Acting Company) Climbing with Tigers (SLAC) and The Man of La Mancha (Utah Opera). She earned her BFA in technical theater with an emphasis in stage management from Westminster College and was a technical director there for two years.
Lindsay Marriott (Assistant Stage Manager)
Lindsay Marriott has been performing and working in theater production for more than 15 years. Favorite roles have been Suzanne in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Dominique in Lucky Stiff, Sally in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Amanda in The Glass Menagerie. Most recently she has enjoyed working behind the scenes with Utah Rep on productions such as Cabaret and Heathers and looks forward to working on their upcoming plays Blackbird and Straight. As always, she thanks her family and friends for their endless support.
Bobby Cody (Lighting Designer)
Bobby Cody has been working in the entertainment industry since 1987. He has spent that time working a myriad of roles in theatre and film from acting to technical positions. Since arriving in Salt Lake, Bobby has worked with Pygmalion Productions, Peoples Productions, Plan-B Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Utah Repertory Theatre Company and a few others in town. He has worked for twelve years in secondary education and is celebrating his tenth year as an associate instructor for the University of Utah’s Continuing Education department. Bobby would like to dedicate this design to his dear friend, Jenessa Bowen, who was always a ray of light in the darkness.
Cara Pomeroy (Set Designer)
Cara Pomeroy is a recent graduate from the University of Utah Theatre department where she earned a BA in Theatre Studies with a focus on Scenic Design. Her recent designs include Carrie: the Musical, Doubt, Cabaret, Heathers, and The Other Place for Utah Rep and Bull Shark Attack at Salt Lake Acting Company. She would like to thank Jamie for all his love and support.
Michael Nielsen (Costumer Designer)
“Retired” from costuming/acting/theatrical producing in Hollywood, Michael returned to his home state of Utah, and to his real passion, Theatre. He has since costumed, directed and performed for several companies in the valley. Michael played Herr Schultz in Utah Rep’s CABARET, and costumed THE OTHER PLACE. He is looking forward to costuming for the Company for the rest of the season.
James Hansen (Sound Designer)
James has been involved in sound engineering for over 25 years. In addition to sound for live theater, he also DJ’s and does concerts, events, recording, and editing. Favorite past productions include Sweeney Todd, Joseph…Dreamcoat (twice!), Into the Woods, RENT, Annie, Bonnie & Clyde, Shrek, Carrie, and The Little Mermaid. He spends as much time as possible in New York, Orlando, and Anaheim.