Special Thanks

Rob Nagle (Special Guest) - Voice Over Announcer

Whitmore for Senate Commercial

 
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Cast

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Senator Charles Whitmore

Joey Arena

 Joey is making his debut performance with LRC in Church & State.   Joey has a BFA in Acting from The University of Kentucky and is the former Artistic Director of The Alley Theater.  His last performance was in Edward Albee’s The Goat with Liminal Playhouse and he has also been seen over the last few years as Vladimir in Waiting For Godot, Mr. White in Reservoir Dogs at The Alley Theater and Uncle Louie in Lost in Yonkers at Little Colonel Playhouse.

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Sara Whitmore

Heidi Platt

Heidi is so happy to be back on stage and to be working with the Louisville Repertory Company for the first time.  She was last seen in The Addams Family as Morticia Addams at Hayswood Theatre.  Other favorite roles include Mamma Mia! (Donna Sheridan)/Hayswood Theatre, Brighton Beach Memoirs (Kate Jerome)/TheatreWorks of Southern Indiana, and 9 to 5: The Musical (Violet Newstead)/Clarksville Little Theatre.  Heidi is a chemical engineer and owner of Platinum Grants & Proposals, LLC.  She has been married to Allen for 28 years and is the mother of three loving daughters (Regan, Emma, and Grace). 

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Alex Klein

Anica Bell

Church and State is Anica's first performance with Louisville Repertory Company. Anica was born and raised in Atlanta, GA and made her way to the Louisville area in 2013. Her previous projects include her performance as Babe Botrelle in Crimes of the Heart and two seasons as a featured performer with Marietta's Troupe du Jour Improvisation Group. She would like to thank the cast and crew of LRC for being so welcoming (and patient) during her return to the stage!

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Tom / Marshall / Reporter

Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson is an employee at The Bard's Town and is thrilled to be joining Louisville Repertory for this production. Ryan can often be seen either on The Bard's stage or behind the bar downstairs. Either way, Ryan likes places and words that begin "BAR-". Ryan is now approaching 10 years of engagement with The Bard's Town and The Bard's Town Theatre, and is proud to lend a hand in efforts to bring relevant works to the community.

 

Creative Team

Director / Artistic Directorate

Angela D. Miller

Angela would like to extend her thanks to you for supporting Louisville Repertory Company on this adventure! She has previously directed LRC’s Proof, Sylvia, A Behanding in Spokane and The Glass Mendacity. After working several years at The Old Globe and directing in San Diego, Angela to completed her masters and Artist-in-Residency in Australia. Angela has also enjoyed directing locally for Bunbury Theatre, Finnigan Festival, Little Colonel Playhouse and numerous Bellarmine University productions (and TEDx) where she currently teaches. Angela is an Associate Member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

 

Many heartfelt thanks to her amazing cast, crew and design team, who have all been incredible in adapting to these challenging times. Love to her family and Jeff.

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Stage Manager

Melanie Metcalf-Holbert

Melanie is very excited to be stage managing LRC’s production of  Church and State. This is her first production working with LRC and hopes to continue her contribution for any future productions. Melaine is a recent graduate from Bellarmine’s theatre department. This production is amazing and she is very excited to finally have an audience to share in this journey!

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Assistant Stage Manager & Designer / Foley Artist

Clare Hagan

Clare Hagan is very excited to be helping out with this LRC show! She first worked with the company as a scenic design apprentice on a Behanding in Spokane. That work helped to lead her into community theater work, and eventually to her work as a theater professional, first with Wendy's Neverland and later with Ezell: Ballad of a Land Man. Clare currently works as a teaching artist at Actor's Theatre and as a stage manager for Kentucky Shakespeare's spring tour of Hamlet.

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Sound Design

Alex Bowman

Alex is very happy to collaborate with LRC once again. Holding a BA in music technology from Bellarmine University, he has provided audio services to Louisville’s music and theater scenes since 2013, when he first worked with LRC on The Glass Mendacity. Alex would like to thank Angela Miller for extending the opportunity to work on this production as well as LRC as a whole and, of course, all of the cast and crew who worked for months on this evolving production we can finally present to you!

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Costume Design / COVID safety / Audience Host

Kelly Kapp

Kelly Kapp holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Louisville.  You may have seen her onstage in past productions by Derby City Playwrights, Wayward Actors Company, Louisville Repertory Company, and Finnigan Productions.  Directing credits include John and Lennon and Me, Twelve Angry Women, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Steel Magnolias, all at Mercy Academy.  She would like to thank Angela Miller for the opportunity to test the waters of costume design.  Enjoy the show!

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Scenic Design / COVID safety

John Newman

John has performed a variety of technical and design roles around Louisville since arriving in 2007. Recent credits include lighting design for Just Like Us (co-produced by Looking for Lilith and Teatro Tercera Llamada). Previous work with LRC includes lighting design for The Glass Mendacity, Noises Off!, Arsenic and Old Lace, and scenic/lighting design for Sylvia.

Prop Master / Foley / COVID safety coordinator

Haley Hunt

Haley is thrilled to be back in the theatre world, and to be working with Angela again! Haley worked on several theatre shows during her college career as the props master. She has previously worked with Angela during A Behanding in Spokane, which was her first LRC show. Haley wants to thank Angela for giving her the opportunity to work on a show again, and especially for involving her in this great production! It’s truly a fantastic play, and Haley hopes everyone enjoys the show!

Light Design / AV Technologist / Artistic Directorate

Martin French

Martin French (Lighting Design) has worked for years here and internationally in a variety of roles.  Previous work with LRC includes lighting for A Behanding in Spokane and Smoke And Mirrors. He is a member of LRC's Artistic Directorate.

Assistant Light Design / AV Operator

Ke'Leb Beauchamp

Ke’Leb has worked in a variety of productions both on the stage and off the stage. This is not his first time working with LRC, as he did play on the stage in A Behanding in Spokane. He is very grateful to return to helping LRC and would like to thank God, his family, friends, and last, but certainly not least you--our lovely audience.

Dialect & Speech Coach

Ve Reibel

V. is usually seen on stage as an actor, but after having obtained an MFA in acting from the University of Houston, V. fell in love with dialects during their training, and now (in addition to acting) teaches and coaches dialects at The Audition Room 502 located in Butchertown-Louisville. If you are interested in learning an accent, contact V. at ver28artist@gmail.com.

Radio Play / Audio Drama Consultant

Carol Stewart, PhD

Carol has been involved in teaching, researching, and producing radio plays and podcasts for the past 12 years. She listens to a lot of fantastic podcasts; her favorites consistently surprise and engage the listener in incredibly creative ways, via both content and production style. For people who are interested in podcasts she believes are working at the top of the genre, she recommends “Ear Hustle,.” “Radio Diaries,” “Unfictional,” “Heavyweight,” “Endless Thread,” “The Nod,” “Uncivil,” “Within the Wires,” “Radiolab,” “This American Life,” and anything ever produced by the late, incredibly great, Joe Frank, the way-before-his-time father of contemporary radio drama. She teaches at Bellarmine University and the University and Louisville; her doctoral research was in the creative experience of the actor in training, rehearsal, and performance.

Voiceover Mayor / Front of House Manager / Artistic Directorate

Bryce Woodard

Bryce Woodard is a member of the Artistic Directorate of LRC.  In preparation for his role in Church and State, he became the first elected mayor of El Paso, TX to run as both a socialist and a vegan.  At his inauguration party he ate the abdomen of a live steer and was immediately removed from office.

Voiceover Senate Chairman

Jeffrey Z. Brown

Jeff is excited for his debut with Louisville Repertory Company. He confesses that he really didn't have a choice because his sweetheart forced him to participate. She even wrote this bio without his knowledge. Jeff spends his time supporting Angela in pretty much everything and attempts to curb her insanity. Mamma Mia! is his favorite musical of all time. He enjoys learning martial arts, listening to music, vacationing to the ocean, and following cats on catnip.

 

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