Creative Team Members

JOHNNY HEBDA (Director) Johnny is Artistic Director and Founder of Utah Repertory Theater Company, now completing its fifth season, with The Bridges of Madison County and 27 productions. Johnny has acted in, directed or produced more than 100 productions on stage and film. He received an MA in Directing Musical Theatre emphasis from Roosevelt University, a BFA in Music Dance Theatre from Brigham Young University and an AA in Musical Theatre from the Florida School of the Arts Acting Conservatory. Notable stage credits include Romeo in Romeo and Juliet the Rock Musical (written and directed by Tony-nominated actor and director Terrence Mann) at the Lost Colony; Clyde Barrow in Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie & Clyde at Utah Rep (for which he received a BroadwayWorld Best Regional Actor in a Musical Award); and director of Bare the Musical at Utah Rep, which gained national attention and received numerous awards, including Best Director and Best Musical in the BroadwayWorld Regional Awards. Other favorite productions include CB in Dog Sees God (Silver Summit Theatre Company), Steve in Grace and Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret (Utah Rep), Mozart in Amadeus (Florida School of the Arts) and Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, a role he has performed in four productions, with more than 120 performances. Along with directing Carrie: the Musical, Side Show, Carousel, Heathers the Musical and most recently Kiss of the Spider Woman for Utah Rep. Notable film/television credits include recurring role as Lewis Brightman III in the soap opera series Proper Manors, Matt in Shifted Dreams, Tim in Make Me Laugh (Tocho Films), Orange in Orange (Full Sail), Chad Sullivan in Sullivan Sisters (PAX TV) and the upcoming Sexual Harassment as Gary (Tocho Films).

CHASE RAMSEY (Director/Set Design) Chase is a Contract Director for The Walt Disney Company and has worked regionally with The Guthrie, Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and The Cutting Ball Theatre. Chase is a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers and the Dramatist Guild of America and has been published by Exit Press in San Francisco. With his writing partner with David Smith, he has been commissioned for a new musical by Tony winner Pat Halloran. Chase is the host of Visit California’s “California Dream Eater,” which has over 100 million views in several different countries. He also has a new show on Sundance TV, “Now the Discussion,” and has been featured on Food Network and through commercials and a feature film. He is Director of Entertainment for Fantasy-Con, Co-Founder of Connections Theatre Project: Theatre for Communities with Autism and Warboy Theatre Projects, and winner of multiple awards, including Taste Award, Addy Award, Telly Award and Magellan Award. Chase is managed by Whitaker Entertainment. @chaseramseyofficial

JEANNE McGUIRE (Music Director) Jeanne previously wielded the baton for Utah Rep’s Ordinary Days, and she has assisted with vocal coaching and accompanying other company productions. As an owner of the Audition Advantage studio, she is a highly sought after voice teacher with numerous music direction credits. “I am grateful for to Utah Rep who still uses live accompaniment for its shows.”

ANNIE BRANTLEY (Stage Manager)

DAVID DECARLOS (Lighting Designer)

JAMES HANSEN (Sound Designer)

MICHAEL NIELSEN (Costume Designer) The Bridges of Madison County follows Michael’s designs for Utah Rep’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, Blackbird, The Other Place and Cabaret. “Retired” from costuming/acting/theatrical producing in Hollywood, he returned to his home state of Utah and to his real passion, theater. He has since costumed, directed and performed for several companies along the Wasatch Front. None of which could he have done without the help and support of his husband, Al.

SHERRI HOLCOMBE (Property Design) After working as propmaster with Ordinary Days, Sherri is pleased to work again with Utah Rep. She works as Production Stage Manager and/or Propmaster with various theaters in the state including the Covey Center for the Arts, Sundance Theater, SCERA Theater, Conservatory of Performing Arts and PG Players. She also spent part of a summer at the Cutting Ball Theatre in San Francisco. Sherri holds degrees from Brigham Young University and Utah Valley University.

JAYC STODDARD (Assistant Director)

LINDSAY MARRIOTT (Assistant Stage Manager)

JC CARTER (Technical Director/Set Construction) JC directed Grace, Doubt and Amadeus for Utah Rep. He has been directing and producing theatrical productions around Utah for over 25 years. In those 25 years, he’s done every job from producer to lighting board operator. He’s directed several critically acclaimed plays; designed lights and sound; designed sets and props; designed make-up and posters; and has been a combat choreographer. “Thanks to my wife and family for their constant love and support.”