Stacie Bono* (Audrey) is thrilled to spend the summer on skid row with an amazing cast and crew. Some favorite regional credits are: Oliver! (Nancy), Les Miserables (Fantine), Promises, Promises (Fran Kublick), Children of Eden (Yonah), Sound of Music (Maria), The Apple Tree (Eve) (NHTA Best Actress 2008), Last Five Years (Cathy), Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit). National Tour: Barbie Live! In Fairytopia (Laverna). In the fall, Stacie will be studying at Central School of Speech and Drama for her Masters in Acting. Thank you to my family for always “standing by me” and “showing me I can.”
Ira Denmark* (Mushnik) most recently was seen as Old Capek in THE TOYMAKER Off-Broadway. In 2007/8 he had a life changing experience touring China and Korea for 9 months with the international production of 42nd STREET. He’s toured nationally with Theodore Bikel and Lainie Kazan in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and also toured in DURANTE starring Lonnie Price. Other theatre credits: CRAZY FOR YOU, THE FANTASTICKS, INTO THE WOODS, AWAKE AND SING, GRAND HOTEL, PARADE, SHE LOVES ME, GUYS AND DOLLS, MAN OF LA MANCHA, FALSETTOS, PASSION, 42ND STREET, SWEET CHARITY, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, CABARET, ANYTHING GOES, CARNIVAL, ANNIE, BABY, PIRATES OF PENZANCE, TWO BY TWO, I CAN GET IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE, CAN-CAN and ONCE UPON A MARTESS. TV: ALLY MCBEAL, STACKED, GENERAL HOSPITAL, PORT CHARLES, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS and PASSIONS. Ira’s a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and is a proud member of Actor Equity Association, where he has served the last thirteen years as a National Councilor.
John L. Ettinger (Audrey II / Puppeteer) recently appeared in the original national tour of Timothy, created and produced by SL Inc. Credits include Les Miserables, Little Shop Of Horrors, Oklahoma, Grease, My Fair Lady, Over The Tavern, Anything Goes, and Peter Pan. Youth credits include Charlotte’s Web, The Mad Adventures of Mr. Toad and The Arkansas Bear. A recent college graduate, John is thrilled to be making his Infinity Theater debut. A big thanks goes to God, family and friends. “Your support is amazing, thank you,””This is for you Dad.”
Topher Nuccio* (Seymour) Favorite credits include Dennis in ALL SHOOK UP (Arvada Center), Cat in the Hat in SEUSSICAL (Arvada Center), Chip in …SPELLING BEE (Northern Stage), LES MISERABLES (Arvada Center and Music Theatre of Wichita), Renfield in DRACULA, LUCKY STIFF, and CURIOUS GEORGE: LIVE! Originally from the Denver area, he has a degree in Music Theatre from Western Michigan. He is particularly pleased to play one of his dream roles here this summer and would like to thank Tina Marie, Anna, and Alan for the opportunity. “I am certain that after the dust of centuries has passed over cities, we too will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit.”–John F. Kennedy
Ariana Scoggins (Crystal) earned her B.A. in Theatre and Honors English from Indiana University-Bloomington. She has appeared in Aida (Aida) for Hoosier Musicals and Vanity of Power (Yatta) for SOFA Gallery, and RENT (Joanne) for Indiana University’s Norvelle Theatre. Ariana would like to thank her family for support and Infinity Theatre for the opportunity. Ariana is from Chicago, Illinois.
Ardale Shepherd (Ronnette) is honored to make her theatrical debut with Infinity Theatre Company. She is a full time actor and a native of Atlanta. Ardale’s favorite roles with various Theaters in Atlanta include: Joanne in “RENT”, Lorrell in “DREAMGIRLS”, Alice in “BIG RIVER”, and Chiffon in “LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS.” Ardale is thankful for the continued support of family and friends. And to Victoria, the angel who watches from above, this one’s for you.
Martina Sykes (Chiffon) began performing and singing in church. She graduated from Pinellas County Center of the Arts at Gibbs High School with a concentration in musical theater. She received a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Florida, home of the Almighty Gators, with an outside concentration in theater. She was first seen playing Bonnie in the Broadway workshop Raindogs originated by Lanford Wilson. She would first and foremost like to thank Jesus Christ, and her parents and family for supporting her and pushing her to pursue her dreams.
Lamont Whitaker (Voice of Audrey II) was born and raised in Miami, FL. Lamont trained classically at New World School of the Arts, and continued his Theatre Techniques at Miami Northwestern Senior High School (PAVAC Players). There Lamont decided he didn’t want to do anything else with his life but perform, and make an audience smile! He left Miami and continued his training in Hollywood, California at The American Musical and Dramatics Academy. Now Lamont is living in New York, taking one step at a time to reach his dreams, goals and ambitions!
Eric William Whitehead* (Orin/Et Al) received his BA from UCLA’s Ray Bolger Musical Theatre Program, where he studied under Sir Anthony Hopkins (Master Class Series), Nancy Dussault, and Joe Olivieri, to name a few. Recent theatre credits include: Dunois in “Saint Joan,” Elliot Roosevelt in “Eleanor,” and Benjamin in “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.” Eric thanks his wife, Kristin, for her incredible support; his family, friends, and C3M; and the Creator of All Art. Eric is a proud member of AEA. www.EricWilliamWhitehead.com
Melanie Brook (Understudy/Season Intern) is thrilled to be spending her summer with Infinity Theatre Company! She is currently studying theatre performance at Wagner College. She recently originated the role of Rivka Werner in a new play, A Daughter of Israel, at the Looking Glass Theatre in NYC. Other favorite roles include Marina Galino in Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding (touring company), Eve/ Mama Noah in Children of Eden, Kim in Bye Bye Birdie, and Liesl in The Sound of Music. She would like to thank her family and friends for their constant love and support.
Jeremy Joseph Ehlinger
Jeremy Joseph Ehlinger (Understudy/Season Intern) is ecstatic to be joining Infinity Theatre Company for the summer. He is a junior theatre major at Ithaca College and will be studying abroad in London in the fall. His previous credits at Ithaca include Little Women (Professor Bhaer), Rhinoceros (Botard), Five Flights (Ed), and Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince). Other credits include Hair (Woof), The Laramie Project (Jedadiah & Others), The Fantasticks (Matt), What’s Wrong with this Picture? (Artie), Ragtime (Mother’s Younger Brother), Rumors (Ernie Cusack) & West Side Story (Baby John). He would like thank Alan & Anna Ostroff for this incredible opportunity.
CREATIVES AND CREW
Tina Marie Casamento
Tina Marie Casamento (Director) Tina Marie is a casting associate for NETworks Theatricals, heading national tour auditions held in New York and several major U.S. Cities. Current projects include the national tours of Beauty and the Beast, Young Frankenstein and Shrek the Musical. An actress with first national touring credits, she has been coaching and directing for over 19 years, and many of her clients have gone on to book prestigious contracts. Currently, she is in a development deal with EMI Music Publishing for a Broadway musical that she conceived entitled Chasing Rainbows about the childhood of Judy Garland, with a book by Tony Award winning writer Thomas Meehan, and existing music from the MGM/ Feist Robbins catalog. Tina Marie has a seat as a national panelist in Musical Theatre for YoungArts. She has a thriving coaching studio and recording business, www.BroadwayDemo.com which she owns and operates with her husband, David. In 1999, she was presented with the Teacher Recognition Award by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for her work as a musical theatre coach. She received training at Carnegie Melon University as well as B.A.D.A. in Oxford (England) through Yale University. She received her B.A. at University of Maryland on a creative and performing arts scholarship. Favorite directing projects include: The Fantasticks (The Gallery Players and Infinity Theatre Company), a staged concert of Anyone Can Whistle, An AEA Showcase at Vital Theatre Co. of Maids of Honor, and Out of The Reach of Children, among others. www.TinaMarieC.com
Erin Denman (Choreographer/ASM) Currently, Erin is Assistant Choreographer for the Broadway bound new musical YANK! , choreographed by Jeffry Denman, which earned multiple Drama Desk Award Nominations in 2010 for its acclaimed off-Broadway run at the York Theatre. In New York City, Erin was on Broadway in the revival of 42nd Street, as well as countless concert venues including City Center (Encores! original production of Stairway to Paradise), Carnegie Hall (Standard Time with Michael Feinstein), and Town Hall, where she has not only performed in but also choreographed for multiple Broadway By the Year and Broadway Unplugged concerts. Outside of NYC, Erin was a dance captain for the 1st National Tour of The Producers, as well as dance captain for Mame at the Kennedy Center. Roles she has played for regional theatres across the country include Velma in Chicago, Sheila in A Chorus Line, Marty in Grease, Dorothy in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Polly in Crazy For You. Erin is also a member of Noah Racey’s New York Song and Dance Company, which performs internationally. Erin is originally from Southern California, and got her start as a choreographer there with such shows as A Funny Thing Happened…Forum, Ruthless! The Musical, 42nd Street, and The Boyfriend. Erin has degrees in Music and Drama, with Honors in Musical Theatre, from the University of California, Irvine. Visit www.ErinDenman.com for more information!
David Libby (Musical Supervisor) worked as pianist on the National Tours of Kiss Me Kate (Broadway Tour), Beauty and the Beast (Las Vegas), Hairspray, The Drowsy Chaperone, Spring Awakening, and Oliver!, among others. He works frequently as Music Director for NYC productions of new musicals, including Shadow Sparrow (a 2011 O’Neil Musical Theatre Conference Selection), That Other Woman’s Child (NYMF 2009), and A Lasting Impression (East 3rd Productions), and he is delighted to work with Infinity again after music directing their inaugural production of The Fantasticks. David is also currently arranging songs from the MGM catalog for Chasing Rainbows, a new musical about the early life of Judy Garland, in development with EMI Music Publishing, book by Thomas Meehan. B.A. Bowdoin College, M.M. Rutgers University.
Denise Puricelli (Music Director) Broadway: Conducted Elton John’s Aida, Little Shop of Horrors, and Brian Wilson’s Good Vibrations; Pianist for Mamma Mia (Broadway and National Tour), Jersey Boys, Hairspray, Sweet Charity (2005 revival), Sunset Boulevard, Bombay Dreams, Fosse, Dance Of The Vampires, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Les Miserables, Cats (Broadway and National Tour), Once Upon A Mattress, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, The Who’s Tommy, Jekyll And Hyde, 1776, and The Scarlet Pimpernel. Off Broadway: Conducted Laura Nyro’s Eli’s Comin’ at The Vintage Theatre. Performed with: The Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Eos Orchestra, Illuminati (Avant Rock), Arthur Kampela Band, Columbia Composers Forum, Stamford Symphony Orchestra, Composers Concordance; Small Jazz Ensembles with singers including René Fleming (St Luke’s Orchestra Pops) & Lillias White (Brooklyn Philharmonic Pops) Co-Chair and Professor of Music: The Music Theatre Division of The Benjamin T Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America.
Anshuman Bhatia (Lighting Design) is thrilled to be working with Infinity Theater Company for the first time this summer. After having extensively designed in Denver, Colorado, he recently moved to New York to get his MFA at New York University where he will be soon entering into his third and final year. Recently he has designed, Major Barbara, The Threepenny Opera, and multiple festivals for Left Hip Productions. Other recent assisting work has included Death Takes a Holiday, at Roundabout Theater, Vail International Dance, and the York Shakespeare Company. Upcoming designs include new plays at NYU (about Tiger Moms) and Theater for a New City (about Craigslist). www.AnshumanBhatia.com
Adrianne Carney (Costume Designer) is a Canadian film and theatre designer currently based in New York City. Recent design credits include METAMORPHOSES (Theatre@York), MEN OR MICE (Cultivated Films), ACQUAINTED WITH THE NIGHT and SUENO (NYU Grad). Received her BFA from York University and her MFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Many thanks to her family for their love and support, steadfast DNA, and those crazy costume ladies for the continued inspiration.
Caite Hevner (Scenic Designer) New York City based scenic and projection designer. Upcoming scenic designs include Jurassic Par(q): The Broadway Musical and Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Circus, both opening this fall off-Broadway. Recent scenic design credits include My Base and Scurvy Heart, The Wild Project (set and projections); RENT, Yale Dramatic Association; The Tenth Floor, American Theatre of Actors Chernuchin Theatre; Jurassic Parq: The Broadway Musical, La Mama Ellen Stewart Theater, NYC, and Lucille Lortel Theater, NYC; a precarious looking stool, RIFT and Lady Windermere’s Fan, NYU Graduate Acting; Rx and The Further Adventures of Suzanne and Monica, Chautauqua Theater Company. Projection design credits include La Voix Humaine, La Dame a la Licorne, and Le Bel Indifferent, Greenwich Music Festival; Carmen, Allentown Symphony. Caite has assisted designers Wendall Harrington and David Gallo, among others – recently her work has been seen in Angels in America at Signature Theatre, NYC, Colin Quinn Long Story Short on Broadway and HBO, and the world premiere of Frank Wildhorn’s new musical, Tears of Heaven, which opened at the National Theatre of Korea this February. Caite is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and New York University/Tisch School of the Arts (MFA). www.CaiteHevnerDesign.com
James E. Lawlor, III
James E. Lawlor, III (Associate Lighting Design) is thrilled to be working with Infinity Theatre Company for the first time this summer. Originally from the metro DC area, Jimmy moved to NYC and has just completed his MFA in Lighting Design at New York University. Upcoming projects include lighting for The 39 Steps, Putting it Together, and Dinner With Friends for River Valley Rep. in Poughkeepsie, NY, as well as helping light instillation art pieces at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Artist’s Retreat in the Hamptons. Jimmy has assisted at most of the major theatres in DC including The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and in both spaces of The Shakespeare Theatre. www.LawlorDesign.com.
Wes Shippee (Sound Designer) is a recent NYU graduate and Drama Desk-nominated sound designer, audio engineer, and musician. Notable projects include the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and four years of work with RadioTheatre NYC, garnering multiple New York Innovative Theatre awards. He is also a touring keyboard player. Recent endeavors include several national tours with Grammy-award winning artist Moneybrother. Wes is thrilled to be a part of Infinity’s second season in Annapolis.
Arienne Pelletier (Production Stage Manager) is delighted to be working with Infinity Theatre Company once again. She has worked on all types of theatre, from musicals to children’s theatre to site-specific performance pieces. Some of her favorites include Stories – Live and In Person (Infinity Theatre Company), Play America (Life is Short Wear Your Party Pants) (Sister Sylvester), Man In The Newspaper Hat (ManyTracks), Beebo Brinker Chronicles (Hourglass Group), The Dinner Party (Target Margin Theater), The Silent Concerto (Packawallop Productions), Tuesdays with Morrie (National Tour), The Constant Wife (Coconut Grove Playhouse), and After Ashley (Humana Festival at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville). Arienne is also a producer and has worked with companies such as terraNOVA Collective, Theatre of the Expendable, ManyTracks, and Sister Sylvester.
Clayton Colwell (Guitar) is a composer and music producer based in New York City. He received his masters degree in composition from the University of Cincinnati, was the co-founder of the award-winning rock band Hector On Stilts, and currently is half of the quirk-pop duo Colwell (www.colwellmusic.com). Clayton’s songs have been heard on ABC-TV (Brothers and Sisters, Three Moons Over Milford) and he has written theme songs for cartoons (Freezer Burn, G) as well as children’s theater (Arts For All, Infinity Theater Company). He has toured the US and most of Western Europe with various rock outfits and calls Tucson, AZ home.
J.A. Kawarsky (Synthesizer) is Professor of Music Theory and Composition, and founding Program Director of the Bachelor of Music Theater degree at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Kawarsky has a Bachelor of Music degree from Iowa State University and holds an MM and DMA from Northwestern University. In the past year, he has music directed and/or been a pit musician for Sweeney Todd, Cinderella, Swing!, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. In the recent past he conducted the National Tour of Peter Pan and was vocal director for the second national tour of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Most recently, he was guest lecturer at the American University of Sharjah (United Arab Emirates) to assist them in “putting on” their first performance of a musical – Blood Brothers. This fall he will be music directing Sunday in the Park With George in New Jersey.
Stephen Palko (Bassist) As a musician, Steve Palko has always had a passion for studying as many different types of music as he can. As a bassist, he has had the good fortune of being able perform most of the types of music that he loves. Performing on both the upright and electric bass, Steve feels just as comfortable on a theater stage as he does in a jazz club. His career has included work in rock, country, R&B, blues, latin, gospel, classical, and even electronic music. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Steve worked for a decade as a freelance bassist and educator. In 2006, he began touring with the Ringling Bros. Circus where he was able to fulfill his dream of traveling the country while honing his skills in a fast paced and intense musical environment. In 2010, Steve retired from the road and relocated to Washington, D.C. where he is continuing his career as a professional musician.
Mary Sugar (Pianist Conductor) spent 11 years as a musical director, pianist, and teacher in NYC, where she worked on and off-Broadway, at Lincoln Center, and in many other venues. She went around the world as conductor/pianist for Leslie Uggams, and did a concert-tour in Italy with Amanda McBroom. Mary has worked with Clay Aiken, Connie Francis, James Naughton, Larry Gatlin, Charles Strouse, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Sheldon Harnick, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Marni Nixon, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Barbara Cook, Lonny Price, Shirley Jones, The Diamonds, Lillias White, Charo, Cathy Rigby, The Irish Tenors and many others. She also played for the national tours of Beauty and the Beast, The Full Monty, Hairspray, Mamma Mia, The King and I, Producers, Peter Pan, Joseph, Sweet Charity, Annie, Spamalot and Aida. Locally, she played for Broadway: Three Generations and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at The Kennedy Center, Adding Machine at Studio, Happy Time at Signature, Oklahoma at Arena and many others. www.MarySugarMusic.com
Kristin Gdula (Props Mistress/Puppet Fabricator) is proud to be a part of Infinity Theatre Company’s second season. After seeing The Fantasticks last year, she knew she had to be a member of this fine troop of theatre movers and shakers. She has worked as a technician for almost ten years, and has recently worked on Broadway productions such as Wicked (General Technician), The Addams Family (Puppet Fabricator), and The Pee Wee Herman Show (Puppet Fabricator.) A huge thank you to everyone who has pushed her to be even better, especially M, who has been there through it all.
Alex Gorman (Technical Director) is looking forward to this summer as he shares origins with both of Infinity’s mainstage shows. He was raised by humans in New Jersey, just like Frank Sinatra, but originally hails from the same planet as the plant used in the movie version of the Little Shop of Horrors. Unfortunately it would take 100 lifetimes to spell the actual name of that planet. NYC credits: TD for New School for Drama playwrights & directors festivals; Master Carpenter for My Base and Scurvy Heart (studio 42). Regional: Master Carpenter for HAIR! and A Grand Night for Singing (Alpine Theatre Project, Whitefish, MT) and TD for Blood Wedding (SUNY New Paltz).
Avery Lewis (Production Manager) is a freelance production manager in NYC. She is thrilled to be working with Infinity at CTA again this summer and knows it will be a great season. Thanks to everyone for all of their hard work.
William D’Eugenio (Assistant Master Electrician) is very excited to be working with Infinity Theatre Company for the first time. Hailing from Connecticut, he is happy to be spending his summer working with such great artists in Annapolis. He is studying Lighting Design at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and eventually plans to get a MFA in Lighting Design. Recent designs include: RENT and The Imaginary Autopsee at UMBC, as well as various shows at The American Dance Institute in Rockville, MD. This year Billy was the Master Electrician for UMBC’s production of Las Meninas at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, after the production was recognized as a winner in the American College Theatre Festival. He thanks everyone at Infinity Theatre for letting him join the family!
*Member, Actors’ Equity Association