Theatrical Experience

THEATER BACKGROUND

More than 40 years of experience in all phases of theater, including directing, backstage technical work, and performance. I have written and composed more than a dozen children’s plays and musicals, and have studied scriptwriting for stage, film, and television. I have also written several as of yet unproduced movies and pilots.

OBJECTIVE

As a director I strive to create a harmonious atmosphere where participants can not only learn their own parts, but can enjoy being part of a group working toward a common goal. Hallmarks of any of my shows are the camaraderie and the spirit of community that my cast and crew enjoy while experiencing the excitement of theater. I stress thinking skills and cooperation, and the result is not only a terrific personal experience for each of the cast and crew members, but a strong, excellent show. My show members typically maintain personal relationships long after the show has ended. I truly believe that there is a place in theater for every person, whether on stage or behind the scenes.

DIRECTING–PROFESSIONAL:

Director, Soul Sisters, Clockwise Theater, Waukegan, IL

Assistant Director, Palmer Park, Clockwise Theater, Waukegan, IL

DIRECTING–EDUCATIONAL :

Improv Playhouse, Libertyville, IL

Triple Threat Workshop, Improv Playhouse

Three Spinning Fairies, Improv Playhouse

Circus Circus, Improv Playhouse

Assistant Director, Alice in Wonderland, Improv Playhouse

Assistant Director, Sleeping Beauty, Improv Playhouse

DIRECTING–College:

The Bridal Night, UW-Milwaukee,

Tea and Sympathy, UW-Milwaukee

The Ugly Duckling, Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, Wisconsin

Theater of Perez and Ellis Island, U of Maryland-College Park, MD

DIRECTING–ADULT COMMUNITY THEATER:

Co-Director, Same Time, Next Year, Libertytown Productions, Libertyville, IL

Assistant Director, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, LPT

Bus Stop, Haylofters, Inc., Burlington, WI

The Fantasticks, Haylofters

Dear World, Haylofters

Picnic, Haylofters

The Odd Couple (Female Version), Haylofters

Hello, Dolly! Haylofters

Oliver! Haylofters

High Spirits, Town Hall Players, Honey Creek, WI

Any Wednesday, Haylofters

My Fair Lady, Lakeland Players, Elkhorn, WI

Two By Two, Haylofters

Toys In The Attic, Haylofters

DIRECTING–CHILDREN’S COMMUNITY THEATER :

Recess, Children’s musical, Haylofters Youth Theater

The Twelve Months, Burlington Haylofters (Twice)

The Enchanted Attic, Haylofters

Grimm and Bear It, Haylofters

The Pied Piper, original play, Burlington Haylofters

Technical Background

Lighting/Sound Director, Once on This Island, Junior, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow  Highland Middle School, Libertyville, IL

Co-Technical Director, Ruthless! Liberty Town Productions

Assistant/Technical Director, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Liberty Town Productions, Libertyville, IL

Assistant Director, The Gathering, Improv Playhouse, Libertyville (’09 and ’10)

Producer, ‘Night, Mother, Haylofters

Producer, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged,) Haylofters

Technical Director, Sylvia, Haylofters

Producer, A Company of Wayward Saints, Haylofters

Producer, On Borrowed Time, Haylofters

Musical Director, Ten Nights in a Barroom, Haylofters

DIRECTING–Freelance, High School

Working, Union Grove (WI) High School

Kaleidoscope, Wisconsin Council for the Gifted and Talented

Anything Goes, Union Grove High School, Union Grove, WI

Oliver! Westosha Central High School, Paddock Lake, Wisconsin

Spoon River Anthology, Westosha Central High School

Bus Stop, Westosha Central High School

DIRECTING/TEACHING–Burlington High School, Burlington, WI:

Advisor, Burlington High School Drama Club

Diary of Anne Frank, Burlington High School

Anything Goes, Burlington High School

A Christmas Carol, BHS Drama Club original musical adaptation

Drama Club Annual OutreachTouring Show

The Cave, WHSFA competition one-act

Story Theater, Techniques of Theater II class project

The Boy Friend, Burlington High School

Christmas Attitudes, BHS Drama Club Annual Outreach Touring Show

Crying Out, WHSFA competition; Critic’s Choice, Director and Ensemble Acting Awards

Spoon River Anthology, Techniques of Theater II class project

The Love Potion, (original musical), Haylofters Youth Theater

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Burlington High School

The Pied Piper, original play, BHS Drama Club Annual Touring Show

Working, WHSFA Forensics one-act: State Ensemble Acting Award

Little Shop of Horrors, Burlington High School

Fairy Tales Go To Court, BHS Drama Club Annual Outreach Touring Show

The Romancers, BHS Forensics one-act; advanced to Sectionals

The Twelve Months, Original children’s musical, Burlington Haylofters

Heaven Can Wait, Burlington High School

The Queen of Winternet, BHS Drama Club Annual Outreach Touring Show

Voices From The High School, Burlington High School Forensics one-act; earned Director’s Award, Ensemble Acting Award, Individual Acting Awards, and Critic’s Choice Award at state competition.

DIRECTING–Burlington Middle School:

Broadway to Burlington, original revue

Bye Bye Birdie

Oliver!

Fiddler on the Roof

You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

 

PERFORMANCE

ROLES

Doris, Damn Yankees, Center Stage, Lake Forest, IL

Miss Dobbins, Tom Sawyer, Kirk Players, Mundelein, IL

Penny Pennywise, Urinetown: The Musical, College of Lake County, 2010JBLEE in Urinetown 2010

Various roles, Radio Players of Improv Playhouse, Libertyville, IL

Vera, Mame, Haylofters, Inc., Burlington, WI

Golde, Fiddler on the Roof, Haylofters

Witch, Into The Woods, Haylofters Witch 001

Company Member, Haylofters Traveling Troupe, a traveling musical revue

Mrs. Crummles, Nicholas Nickleby, Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, Wisconsin

Reno Sweeney, Anything Goes, Musicomedy Productions, Bowie, Maryland

Chorus member, Showboat, starring William Warfield, Urbana, IL

Company Member, Illini Union Summer Dinner Theatre Company.

Lily, Red Peppers, Parkland Community College, Champaign, IL

Jester, Once Upon A Mattress, Urbana Park District, IL

Deborah, More Stately Mansions, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dr. Finsdale, Li’l Abner, Burlington Haylofters

The Girl, Hello Out There, UW-Whitewater

Member, Wells Company, UW-Whitewater, a student theater group created by Richard Kalinoski

Chicken, Aesop’s Fables, Wells Company

Ladybird, The Alligation, Wells Company

Connie, Come Blow Your Horn, Haylofters

Stepmother, Hansel and Gretel, Haylofters Youth Theater

Witch, The Pale Pink Dragon, Haylofters Youth Theater

VOCAL

Studied voice with Yolanda Marculescu.

Company member, University of Illinois Krannert Opera Theater, Urbana/Champaign, Illinois. Performed with Erie Mills and Jerry Hadley

La Boheme

The Rake’s Progress

Manon

The Elixir of Love.

University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign Oratorio Chorus

Sister Osmina, Suor Angelica, Carousel Opera Company, Milwaukee

Company chorus member, Skylight Opera Theater, Milwaukee.

H.M.S. Pinafore

Eugene Onegin

Pirates of Penzance

The Pearl Fishers

El Capitan

Featured soloist with Orion Singers, Milwaukee.

UW-Milwaukee Concert Choir,

 

1 Comment

  • By Barry Reszel, October 6, 2010 @ 7:21 pm

    You’re awesome! I followed the link at the bottom of your e-mail to this great site. I amy steal your organizational structure for my own. But mostly…I want you to know I/we think you are awesome…not sure how “Perfect…Change” would be getting done without you. I am so glad you are here and part of Liberty Town Productions!!!

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