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THE COMPANY

David Friday


Company Member  |  Managing Director
Massachusetts


Vince Fontaine | Set Construction

Full time company member and Managing Director, David had a blast in his debut with Americana last summer as Porthos in The Three Musketeers and It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. A graduate of Point Park University in Pittsburgh, David has been rather nomadic, living and performing on stage, television, radio and film, in NYC, Indiana, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, but is happy to settle down in Carver with his wonderful wife, Erin and 2 beautiful girls, Karly and Lexi. Most recently he served as Technical Director for The Company Of Pittsburgh and appeared in productions of Oklahoma! & Man Of LaMancha, and can be seen in the film Love The Coopers. Autism awareness rocks!

 

Erin Friday


Company Member  |  Director of Education

Massachusetts

 

Ms. Lynch

Erin Friday is thrilled to join the cast of Grease and to serve on Americana Theatre Company’s production team as the Director of Education.  In 2002, Erin acquired a degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Fine and Theatre Arts from Stonehill College. She has performed with companies such as The Round Barn Theatre, The Comtra Theatre, McKeesport Little Theatre, Gemini Children’s Theater and others. Erin has been a board member of ATC since 2011.  Erin has directed many productions including Carver High School’s production of Peter Pan in 1997, Stonehill College’s cabaret of Rent in 2001, and many performances for the children’s musical theatre ministry at Church of the Vine in Carver, including the production of Bethlehem in 2010. Erin’s favorite roles include Mary in Americana Theatre Company’s production of It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, Baker’s Wife from Into the Woods, Urleen in Footloose, Gertrude/Bird Girl in Seussical, The Queen of Hearts form Alice in Wonderland, and can’t wait to add more roles to list!

 

Jesse Sullivan


Company Member  |  Artistic Director

Massachusetts

Americana: It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play (George Bailey), The Three Musketeers (Athos), Moonlight and Magnolias (Selznick), The Cottage (Richard/William), Redeeming Love (Michael Hosea), An Inspector Calls (Inspector). National Tours: Miss Saigon and The Scarlet Pimpernel (Coupeau/Fight Captain). NY credits include Scandalous People, NY Fridge (Clarence), Battleship Potemkin with the York Theatre Co. (Gregory), Moonlight and Magnolias (Ben Hecht), and Map to Buddha with Remote Theatre Co. ( Jeff ). Regional credits: The Spitfire Grill (Sheriff Joe Sutter),Cyrano de Bergerac(Cadet ), The Game (World Premier, Fight Captain), Annie Get Your Gun(u/s). Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Damn Yankees (Joe Hardy), Carnival!(Marco), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin). Training: BFA in Musical Theatre from University of Hartford, The Hartt School.

 


Company Member  |  Associate Artistic Director

California

 

Marty

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer has enjoyed working from east to west with theatres such as Virginia Repertory Theatre, Virginia Musical Theatre, Richmond Shakespeare, The Round Barn Theatre, and Sacramento Theatre Company. This is her sixth season as an Americana company member, and she is proud to call Plymouth her summer home. Americana: Amanda Prynne (Private Lives), Woman (The 39 Steps), Sylvia (The Cottage), Angel (Redeeming Love), Milady (The Three Musketeers), NY: Jo (Independence), Film/VO: Grace Tessla (The Last Client), Mistress (Order), Tablereads for 26 episodes as Joy for the animated series Superbook!, Regional: Brooke Wyndham (Legally Blonde), Cinderella (Into the Woods), Corrie Bratter (Barefoot in the Park), Jill Tanner (Butterflies Are Free), Julie Jordan (Carousel), Poppy (Noises Off), Raina (Arms and the Man) and Treasure the Pirate Queen (Pirate Adventure). Training: MFA Acting (Regent University).

 

Derek Martin


Company Member  |  Founder

California

 

Set Design | Choreographer

Derek Martin originally hails from Carver, Massachusetts and has been making a living acting, choreographing and directing professionally around the country for the last 15 years. He has performed with notable companies such as Connecticut Repertory Theatre, The York Theatre Company, Musical Theatre of Connecticut, Virginia Musical Theatre, Virginia Stage, The Palace Theatre in Manchester NH, The Broward Stage Door Theatre, The Round Barn Theatre and many others. ATC Credits include Victor Fleming (Moonlight and Magnolias), Clown 2 (The 39 Steps), Elyot Chase (Private Lives), and Director for ATC’s inaugural production of And Sarah Laughed. Derek is the department head for William Jessup University’s B.A. in Creative Arts – Theatre program in Rocklin, CA and is passionate about telling transformative stories and empowering the next generation of artists. He would like to thank his mother and father for everything and especially his wife Jennifer for all her love, support, and talent.

 

Brittney Reimert


Company Member
New York

Producing Stage Manager | Ensemble

Broadway: Wicked (SM intern). Off-Broadway: King Lear at the Public Theater. NY Regional Theatre: As You Like It, Machinal, There are Crimes and Crimes, Three Sisters. Americana Theatre Company: The Three Musketeers, It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, The Cottage, The 39 Steps, Private Lives, And Sarah Laughed, Redeeming Love, An Inspector Calls. Edinburgh Fringe: Language of Angels, The Kentucky Cycle Part 2. Other credits include: The Disorientation of Butterflies, Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, The Magic Flute, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Bartered Bride, Waiting for Godot, A Flea in her Ear, The Seagull. Stage Management MFA from Columbia University.

 

Marianne Savell


Returning Artist

Virginia

 

Director

Professional directing credits include: The critically acclaimed Jeff nominated Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (Victory Gardens, Chicago). In Los Angeles: the world premiere and LA Weekly award winner Gulf View Drive, LA Weekly award winner Wit, King Lear, Angel Street, Translations, the critically acclaimed and multi-award nominated As It Is In Heaven, It’s A Wonder Life: A Live Radio Play, The Crucible, Hamlet, and Molly Sweeney. A Christmas Carol at New Stage Theatre and at Americana Theatre Company An Inspector Calls and Moonlight and Magnolias. Marianne is a professor at Regent University where she directed Dancing at Lughnasa, Our Town, and Beau Jest. Marianne is an associate artist at Taproot Theatre Company in Seattle, the former Producing Director of Actors Co-op in Hollywood and served on the advisory board of Provision Theater Company in Chicago.

 

Payton Gobielle


Returning Artist

California

Costumer

Currently in her senior year at William Jessup University, Payton is excited to return to Americana as the costumer of Grease. Past off-stage credits include: Costumer: Clybourne Park, Director/Costumer: God of Carnage, Wardrobe Supervisor: The Three Musketeers. Past on-stage credits include Mercy Lewis in Jessup’s The Crucible, Gertie in Oklahoma!, M&M in The Chocolate Affair, Elmire in Tartuffe, and Emily in The Five Step Plan.

 

James Edwards


Guest Artist

United Kingdom

 

Danny

(EMC/SAG Eligible) Originally from the UK, James’s infatuation with performing and music lead him to New York. Receiving a BFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD); James has dutifully served both on and off stage as an actor and composer for mainstage productions. James has just come off a New England tour of Alice in Wonderland everyone except Alice- even the Red Queen- and is happy to focus on just one: the one-and-only Danny Zuko (no pressure). Other theatre roles include: Amadeus (Amadeus), Lovers and Players: the world premier (Flavio & original music), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Machinal (Defense Lawyer), Scapino! (Scapino), Into the Woods (Baker). Film/TV: CBGB with Alan Rickman (Psychotic fan), Dirty Grandpa with Robert Dinero (David Double), Afterlife: National PSA. He would like to thank his family for their unwavering love and support-and honestly still cannot believe he’s Danny. 

 

Emily Gay


Returning Artist

New York

 

Sandy

Emily is thrilled to be returning to Plymouth to perform with Americana for the second time. Emily lives in NYC and enjoys working in both theatre and film. New York: Independence (Sherry). Regional:  Little Women (Beth), Ella’s Big Chance (Pearl), Best Little Whorehouse …(Eloise), An Inspector Calls (Sheila). Tours: Liars (Mom). “Sandy has been a dream role for me ever since I was a child dancing in my backyard and now it's finally happening!” Lots of love and thanks to Isaac, her husband, friends and family for all their support. Xoxo.

 

Gavin Killea


Returning Artist

Massachusetts

 

Kenickie

Following his Americana debut in Three Musketeers (2015) and recently returning to Massachusetts, Gavin is excited to be performing with Americana again and in his home county. Past roles include Riff: West Side Story, Sheriff Dodd: Best Little Whorehouse…and Tony: Broken Moments.

 

Alexa Reneé


Guest Artist

New York

 

Rizzo

Alexa is so excited to be joining the cast of Grease for her very first show with Americana Theatre Company! She is a rising junior at Marymount Manhattan College where she studies and Acting with a minor in Musical Theatre. Before college, Alexa attended high school at Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, MA where she majored in Theatre. Alexa has most recently been seen in Marymount’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream as Moth, and before that in the Uncommon Theatre Company’s productions of Carrie as Ms. Gardner and American Idiot as Whastername. She has also worked as a drama camp counselor at the Ogunquit Playhouse for the past 4 summers, creating theatre with kids as young as five years old as well as being a company member in their productions of The Music Man, Beauty & the Best, and Pinocchio. Other favorite credits include Woman 2 in Songs for a New World, Velma Kelly in Chicago, Ariel in Coastal Disturbances, and many more. She is so glad to be adding her dream role of Rizzo to this list! This one and all the rest are for her #1 Fan.

 

Kate Scheid


Guest Artist

Virginia

 

Frenchy

Kate currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia with her husband, TJ, where she is a full-time student in the MFA Acting/Directing program at Regent University.  She is thrilled to be a part of Americana Theatre’s 2016 company, her first professional theatre experience - a milestone!  Recent credits for Kate include Princess Puffer in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Lorraine Sheldon in The Man Who Came to Dinner, Sue in Brownie Points, Goldie in The Diviners, Belle in Ah, Wilderness!, and Lady Macduff in Macbeth. Kate would like to thank TJ for his love and support, her family for their laughter, and God for being the fount of every blessing in her life!

 

Conor James


Guest Artist

New York

 

Roger

Conor is very grateful to be making his professional theatre debut in Americana Theatre Company's production of Grease, and to be returning to Massachusetts, where he was born and raised! Conor was adamantly involved in theatre and music in high school, and has held a passion for performing ever since he can remember. In high school, Conor was involved in productions of West Side Story, Happy Days, and Les Miserables with Raynwater Players, and Grease with Star Players. At 18, he moved to New York City to study musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and pursue his professional goals.

 

Kelly Ann Dunn


Returning Artist

California

 

Jan

Kelly Ann Dunn is a recent graduate of William Jessup University’s Creative Arts Program and has been seen in musicals around California as well as recently appearing as a lead role in a popular Japanese TV show.  Professional Credits: Ensemble in Oklahoma! Constance in The Three Musketeers, The Queen in Sleeping Beauty, Eponine in Les Miserables, Educational Credits: Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Amy March in Little Women, Rita in White Christmas, Truvy in Steel Magnolias. Other Credits: Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rona in 25th...Spelling Bee. She is thrilled to be back on stage with her Americana family! 

 

Simon Kiser


Returning Artist

Massachusetts

 

Doodie

Simon Kiser, a rising senior at Emerson College, is thrilled to be back for his second year with Americana! In addition to his stage work, he will also be appearing in the upcoming films Zephyr, The Gathering Storm, and at the Cannes Film Festival, Racing the Sunrise. Regional credits include: Noises Off (Lloyd,) OSCAR @ The Crown (John Gray), The Velveteen Rabbit (The Rocking Horse), Tuck Everlasting (Jesse), and The Three Musketeers (King Louis XIII). School credits include: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (Edward Tulane,) Romeo and Juliet (Romeo), The Tempest (Antonio), Dancing at Lughanasa (Gerry Evans), and Seussical (Jojo). Simon is also a professional fight choreographer, and has staged violence with everything from rapiers and katanas to lightsabers and magic wands, for Boston Theatre Company, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Shakespearean Theatre of Maine, and more. Many thanks to my phenomenal parents, who always encouraged me to play in the backyard. "And let us, ciphers to this great accompt./ on your imaginary forces work."

 


Guest Artist

New York

 

Roger

Isaac Gay

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Intern

California

 

Assistant Stage Manager

Mary Kantorik

Mary is delighted to be Assistant Stage Manager for Grease. She is a current Junior at William Jessup University as a Creative Arts major with an emphasis in Arts Management. She has Assistant Stage Managed for Jessup’s Oklahoma!, has managed wardrobe for Jessup’s Steel Magnolias and The Crucible, and can not wait to continue to pursue her passion for stage management.

 

Andres A. Garcia


Intern

California

 

Assistant Stage Manager

Andres A. Garcia is an assistant stage manager for Americana’s upcoming show, Grease. Andres is currently a junior at William Jessup University. He is a Creative Arts Major with a focus in theatre. Some of Andres’ performances include Mike Nulty in White Christmas, Francis Nurse in The Crucible and, most recently, Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! Andres is very excited and honored to be a part of this show and hopes to discover that he is just as capable doing work behind the scenes as he is acting onstage.

 

MacKenzie McAulay


Intern

California

 

Wardrobe

After a two year absence from the theatre, MacKenzie is excited to spend the summer in Plymouth working backstage. This summer will be an opportunity to for her to rediscover her passions and work with a wonderful team.

 

Kevin Nelson


Intern

California

 

Eugene | Johnny Casino

As a performer from a young age Kevin found a love and true passion for the stage. He has been in musicals consistently since the age of five, playing roles such as Little Jake in Annie Get Your Gun, Arvide Abernathy in Guys & Dolls, Bob Wallace in White Christmas, and Officer Lockstock in Urinetown. Kevin is very excited to spend the summer working with Americana and getting professional experience. This summer he is looking forward to building his resume and learning all he can.

 

Suzy Johnson


Intern

Virginia

 

Patty Simcox

Suzy Johnson, a proud magna cum laude graduate of Regent University’s Theatre in Virginia Beach, is ecstatic to be working with such an inspired and inspiring group of artists. Credits: The Importance of Being Earnest, (Cecily Cardew); Tartuffe (Cleante/Damis); Twelfth Night (Feste/Antonia); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Fairy/Peaseblossom); Big River (Jo Harper); The Actor’s Nightmare (Sarah Siddons); The Drowsy Chaperone (Dance Captain); and Gypsy (Hollywood Blonde), among others.  Suzy also spent eight years as part of a traveling puppetry troupe before college, and studied musical theatre in beautiful Bavaria during the summer of 2014 with the International Performing Arts Institute.  She sends love to her parents, who continually encourage her in all of her endeavors; to friends, who unfailingly supply laughter and community; and to God, who inspires her to constantly pursue excellence. John 3:17

 

Morgan Mena


Intern

California

 

Ensemble

Morgan Mena is delighted to be working as an intern for Americana this summer. She is a freshman at William Jessup University with a major in Creative Arts (Theatre). She hopes that one day she can tour and perform as a professional actor and use the passion that has been placed within her. A couple of her favorite roles have been Mary Warren in The Crucible and Shelby in Steel Magnolias. Most recently she was in Oklahoma! Her dream is to be able to portray characters that show both truth and beauty, as well as leave an audience awakened and revitalized.

 


Intern

Alabama

 

Ensemble

Morganne Best

Morganne attends Samford University as a BFA in Musical Theatre major. She has most recently been seen in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Titania), Bat Boy: The Musical (Maggie), Jane Eyre: The Musical (Ensemble), and Macbeth (Witch 2). She is thrilled to be working with this incredible cast and crew.

 


Intern

Alabama

 

Ensemble

Catherine Addison

Catherine is a Junior Musical Theatre major at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama but she is from Kennesaw, Georgia. Some of her favorite roles have been Christine Patterson in One Man Two Guvnors, Aunt Zelda in Murder Runs in the Family, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Golde in Fiddler On the Roof. She is very excited to be a part of Americana Theatre Company and this wonderful show this summer.

 


Intern

Tennessee

 

Cha Cha

Bonny Baker

Bonny Baker is from Nashville, Tennessee and is a senior Musical Theatre major at Samford University. Some of her favorite roles include: Niki in Sweet Charity, Susan in The Desert Song, Ratty in Wind In The Willows, and Hildy in On The Town. She would like to thank her family for their continuous love and support! 

 


Intern

California

 

Producing Assistant

Audrey Wagstaffe

Audrey is a junior at William Jessup University and is passionately pursuing her Bachelor of Creative Arts degree with a concentration in Theatre. She recently appeared as Susanna Walcott in The Crucible and hopes to be in many more shows in the future. Her experiences in theatre are just beginning, so she is thrilled to be working and learning alongside the wonderful people at Americana.