Shavanna Calder is a “first generation” Guyanese American actor, creative director and singer. Wellesley College and NYU alumna. Credits: HBO’s “Los Espookys,” “SNL,” Grammys (2018), Hairspray (National Tour), CBS ‘Best of’ Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, For Colored Girls (Lady in Green), Caroline, or Change (Emmie) and more! Grateful to the Georgia McBride team, the Actors Forum for holding me accountable and the Actors Fund for keeping creatives afloat through their services. Additionally, my parents and loved ones for encouraging me and loving me when even I can’t and my faith…my rock. Spread Empathy.
Armand Fields is thrilled to be at Arizona Theatre Company for the first time! Regional theatre credits: The Legend of Georgia McBride (Cardinal Stage); Charm (Northlight Theatre); Balm in Gilead (Griffin Theatre). TV/film credits: “The Thing About Harry” (Freeform), “Work in Progress” (Showtime), “The Chi” (Showtime), “Chicago Fire” (NBC), “You Can Do Better” (truTV). Armand is a graduate of the School at Steppenwolf Theatre and is represented by Stewart Talent. They are extremely grateful to God, chosen family and FoB. @armandbcfactor.
Kevin Kantor is a non-binary actor and performance poet, thrilled to return to Arizona Theatre Company where they were last seen as Mia in Things I Know To Be True. Selected Credits: Macbeth (Actors Theatre of Louisville, dir. Les Waters), The Legend of Georgia McBride (B Street Theatre and Hippodrome Theatre), The Many Deaths of Nathan Stubblefield (Humana Festival of New American Plays), Othello, Twelfth Night, Sense and Sensibility (Island Shakespeare Festival). As a poet, Kevin’s writing has been featured in Button Poetry and Teen Vogue with over 18 million online views. Television: John Ridley’s “American Crime” (ABC). Kevin is an alumnus of the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Professional Training Company. @Kevin_Kantor Pronouns: they/them/theirs.
Jason Pickering returns to ATC after a four-year absence. In 2016 he played Candy in the Milwaukee Rep/Arizona Theatre Company co-production of Of Mice and Men, directed by He has worked at the Rep every season since 1974, appearing in well over 200 productions. Among his favorite Rep roles are Richard in The Seafarer, Niels Bohr in Copenhagen, Hugh in Translations, and Ebenezer Scrooge in their annual production of A Christmas Carol, a role he performed 450 times. He lives in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee with his wife, actress Tami Workentin, and their dogs, Joxer and Frankie. He likes to play golf.
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Courter Simmons performs internationally as an actor, singer and drag queen. Broadway: Jersey Boys (Bob Crewe, Frankie Valli Standby [Final Company]). Off-Broadway: Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli). National Tours: Jersey Boys, Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical. Favorite Regional: Chicago (Mary Sunshine), A Chorus Line (Mike), The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Singin’ in the Rain (Cosmo). Television: “Last Week Tonight,” “Mysteries of Laura.” Film: “The Producers.” His live-singing drag alter-ego, Cacophony Daniels, has been seen in Provincetown, Fire Island, New York and all over the world with Atlantis Cruises. Love to J and Derrik. @courtersimmons & @cacophonydaniels.
Matthew Lopez is the playwright of The Inheritance, an Olivier Award-winning play exploring gay history which later opened on Broadway in November 2019. He is also the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most celebrated and widely produced new American plays of the last decade. The Manhattan Theatre Club production received Obie, Lortel and Outer Critics Circle awards including the John Gassner New Play Award. It has since been produced at over 100 U.S. theatres as well as internationally. BIOGRAPHIES The Legend of Georgia McBride – 11 The Legend of Georgia McBride premiered at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and ran off-Broadway at MCC Theater in a production that received multiple Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Outer Critics Circle nominations, including Best Play. Other plays include Somewhere (Old Globe, world premiere), Reverberation (Hartford Stage Company, world premiere), The Sentinels (London’s Headlong Theatre Company) and Zoey’s Perfect Wedding. Matthew holds commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, South Coast Rep, Williamstown Theatre Festival and Harford Stage Company, where he recently served as their AETNA New Voices Fellow. For the past two seasons, he has been the Inaugural Playwriting Fellow at the Denver Center Theatre Company. Matthew was a writer on the HBO series “The Newsroom” and has recently adapted Javier Marias’ “Your Face Tomorrow” trilogy for the screen as well as the biopic “Dr. Q” for Disney.
Meredith McDonough was the Associate Artistic Director at Actors Theatre of Louisville for the past seven seasons, where favorite directing includes both parts of Angels in America, Peter and the Starcatcher and The Last Five Years. In the Humana Festival she directed the premieres of Marginal Loss, Dot, Brownsville song (b-side for trey) and Airness, among others. Regionally, favorites include The Lily’s Revenge with Taylor Mac (Magic Theatre), Noises Off (Guthrie), Fair Use (Steppenwolf), Eurydice (Williamstown) and the musical Summer of ’42 and the US premiere of NSFW (Roundhouse). She was the New Works Director for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and for the National Alliance for Musical Theatre. Education: Northwestern; MFA, UCSD.
Collette Pollard is thrilled and debuts at Arizona Theatre Company. Recent and upcoming regional credits include, The Legend of Georgia McBride, Eclipsed and The Chinese Lady (Milwaukee Repertory Theatre) A Doll’s House, Part 2 (Cleveland Playhouse), My Father’s War (TheatreSquared) and The Cake (The Asolo Repertory Theatre). Recent Chicago credits include: Roe, The Wolves and The Happiest Song Plays Last (Goodman Theatre), Lindiwe, HIR, The Fundamentals and Between Riverside and Crazy (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), Miracle (Miracle Productions), Smart People (Writers Theatre), The Nutcracker (The House Theatre where she is a company member) and A Shayna Maidel (Timeline Theatre where she is an artistic associate). Collette is the recipient of several Jeff Awards and is an Associate Professor of Design at the School of Theatre and Music at University of Illinois at Chicago. Many thanks to the endless support from her family.
Angels in America, Peter and the Starcatcher and many others at Actors Theatre of Louisville and designs for five seasons of the Humana Festival including Evocation to Visible Appearance, Airness, The Grown-Up and The Roommate. Electra (Court), Cry It Out (Northlight), The Wolves (Studio Theatre), NSFW (Roundhouse), Silent Sky, Triangle, Upright Grand (TheatreWorks), The Book of Will (Denver Center), Fly by Night, Medea (Dallas Theater Center), The Who and The What (Kansas City Rep), Futurity (Walker Arts Center), Daddy Long Legs (New York, regional and international premieres). The Story of My Life (Broadway). www.paultoben.com.
Patrick Holt’s costume work includes the Public Theater, Guthrie Theater, Kansas City Rep, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Pioneer Theatre Company, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Kennedy Center, HBO, CBS, Playmakers Repertory, the International Dance Festival and World of Wonder Productions. He is a resident designer at the Arizona Repertory Theatre and a professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Theatre, Film & Television. Other work includes the world premieres of Romulus Linney’s Gint and Tazewell Thompson’s Constant Star. Patrick was featured on season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists.
Broadway: Slave Play, The Nap, Bronx Bombers and A Time to Kill. Off-Broadway: Bootycandy (Playwrights Horizons), Mr. Joy (LCT3) and Privacy and Dry Powder (Public Theater). He’s worked regionally at Guthrie, Alliance, Goodman, ACT, Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf, La Jolla Playhouse, Arena Stage and many others. International: Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada), Royal Shakespeare Company (England) and many others. Awards include: seven Joseph Jefferson Awards and 24 nominations, two Ovation Awards and three nominations, three Drama Desk Award nominations, three Helen Hayes nominations, and many others. Film scoring: HBO Films’ A Note of Triumph (2006 Academy Award, Best Documentary). www.lindsayjones.com.
Stage Movement Director
David Roman is a Milwaukee based choreographer, educator and dancer. With his roots in the local arts community and almost two decades traveling as a professional dancer/dance captain and install team member for Royal Caribbean, he is thrilled to help breath movement into The Legend of Georgia McBride. Other credits include: Newsies / Skylight Music Theater(choreographer), The Gift /Royal Caribbean Productions (Wig Stylist) Fiddler on the Roof / MUHS (Choreographer), Pippin / Skylight Music Theater (Dance Captain). David is also a faculty member (Jazz Styles) for the Milwaukee Ballet School & Academy.
Frank Honts is the Director of Artistic Personnel at Milwaukee Rep. Prior to joining The Rep staff in 2016, Frank worked at a number of regional theaters including Utah Shakespeare Festival, Renaissance Theaterworks, The Goodman, California Shakespeare Theater, A Contemporary Theatre (Seattle) and Paramount Theatre. He has worked extensively as both a director and dramaturg, and was honored to be a directing resident at Milwaukee Rep in the 2013/14 Season. Frank spent two seasons as Artistic Associate at Forward Theater Company in Madison, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Michael Flachmann Fellowship at Utah Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Frank would like to thank Casting Assistants Thaddeus Kaszuba, Dylan Sladky and Sara Zientek, whose dedicated efforts have helped make this season possible.
Clare Arena Haden
Voice & Text Director
This is Clare’s eighth production with Milwaukee Rep after dialect coaching Guys and Dolls, Holmes and Watson, One House Over, Songs for Nobodies, Junk, The Chinese Lady and The Nerd. She received her MFA in acting with an emphasis in voice and speech from UW-Madison. She has since worked as a professional actor, voice and speech coach, and teaching artist for Forward Theater, Theatre LILA, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, First Stage, Renaissance Theaterworks, Children’s Theater of Madison and American Players Theatre. Clare currently works for the School of Nursing at UW using actor-training techniques to improve communication and is a proud member of AEA, VASTA, and TESOL.
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