The Play Crawl 2016

 

Directors bios

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Jessica Austgen(director)

After earning her BFA in Theatre Performance from the University Colorado at Boulder Jessica has performed at various stages in the Denver area, includng the Arvada Center, the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Aurora Fox Arts Center, Stories on Stage, Theaterworks Colorado Springs and the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Favorite roles include Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, Julie in Miss Julie, and Jaycee Triplethree in Comic Potential. Jessica is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has received multiple awards for her theatre work, including "Best Actress in a Comedy" from the Denver Westword in 2003 and 2012. Jessica is a teaching artist and Shakespeare Coordinator for the Education Department at the DCPA, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Denver and guest artist at the Denver School of the Arts. She received an Master’s of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Creative Writing from DU.

 

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Kevin Durkin (Director)

Kevin is an old soul in Denver theater, recently returned after a long absence.  He is a graduate of the Colorado Women's College, Theater Fellow Scholarship.  His favorite role in college was playing Ariel in Shakespeare's The Tempest.  Kevin acted at The Bonfil's Theater, The Changing Scene, and the Slightly off Center Theater at the Muddy Water's of the Platte. Early mentors at The Bonfils included Henry Lowenstein, Bob Banister, Gary Montgomery, and Bev Newcomb.  Kevin was in the inaugural cast on the Denver Center Theater Company in 1980.  He studied acting in New York with Broadway legend Uta Hagen and academy award winner Bill Hickey.  He appeared Off-Broadway in Los Fantoches, directed by the international award winning director Angel Gill Orrios. Kevin returned to the stage at the Foothills Theater Company, playing Leon Trotsky in Variation's on the Death of Trotsky.  Kevin made his debut with the Firehouse Theater Company at the John Hand Theater playing Jackie in "The Champagne Charlie Stakes".  Most recently he was seen as Satan in The Almighty, Low at Denver's Dangerous Theater.  His next appearance will be as Friar Lawrence inRomeo and Juliet at Clement Park with The Foothills Theater Company.

 

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 Libby Arnold (Director)

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Libby Arnold has acted and directed in New York, Los Angeles, Florida, New Mexico and most recently Colorado. Previous And Toto too Theatre Co credits: Directing: Who Will Sing for Lena, Swan Day, and Assistant Director of The Greater Good; Acting: Naked In Encino (Cat) and the Play Crawl. Other acting credits: Colorado: Sylvia in Sylvia (Platte Valley); Agnus in Dancing at Lughnasa (DCPA Ed.); Heidi in The Heidi Chronicles (DCPA Ed.). NY Off-Broadway: The Libertine (Theatre Row); Swimming With Watermelons (Vineyard Theatre); Six by Tenn (Red Room); Regional Credits: Pursuit of Happiness, Suddenly Last Summer, Night of the Living Dead, The Dead Guy, (Hippodrome, FL); The Man of Mode, Cornbread Man (World Premiere), Vincent in Brixton (Nadine McGuire Theatre, FL); Three Times a Lady (Santa Monica Playhouse, CA). International Tours: Lysistrata (Greece), Our Town (Brazil). Ms. Arnold holds a M.F.A. in Acting from the University of Florida & a B.A. from The College of Santa Fe, NM.

 

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Ron Mediatore (Director)

Ron recently directed the Regional Premiere ofThe English Bride for And Toto too Other directing credits:  Angels in America; For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls; Desire, Desire, Desire!, Death Comes to Us All Mary Agnes, and Golf Season.  Ron was one of eight featured playwrights in this season’s MileHi24 at The Edge Theater in June, 2016.

 

 

 

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Madison Kuebler (Director)

Madison is so happy to be a part of And Toto too’s annual Play Crawl for the third year in a row! Madison is an actor and sound designer and has worked for And Toto too, Vintage Theatre Company, and The Edge Theatre Company. She recently graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with her BA in Theatre.

 

 

 

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Wade P. Wood (Director)

Wade has been performing along the front range for more years then he cares to remember. Some of his favorite roles include Garfinkle in Other Peoples Money, Lt. Col Jessup in A Few Good Men, and Henry II in The Lion in Winter.  Wade has been working with And Toto tootheatre company for over ten years as an actor and director.  As always Wade sends his love to his wife Lorraine and the continual support she gives him. He would also like to invite you to his next show No Sex Please, We're British opening late June with Spotlight Theater Company.

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Maru Garcia (Director)

Maru has been acting and directing for over 30 years now.  She has a Bachelor’s in Art from UNAM in Mexico City, specializing in directing.  She has been the Executive Producer of Grupo Bochinche in Mexico City and the Artistic Director and Producer for The 73rd. Avenue Theatre Company.  She has participated in more than 50 plays as actor and/or director.  This is her third year directing at the Play Crawl for Toto too Company.  Thank you Susan for putting this wonderful event together!

 

 

 

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Melissa McCarl (Director)

Melissa is the author of Painted Bread, a full- length play named Best New Work by the Denver Post about the tumultuous life of Frida Kahlo (recently produced by the Aurora Fox.)  Commissioned by the Mizel Arts Center to write Poignant Irritations, celebrating the unorthodox life and love of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.  Commissioned by the Curious Theatre Company to write for the War Anthology directed by Bonnie Metzgar of the Public Theatre.  Winner of the Steven Dietz award for the one act Carlene Yakkin’.  Melissa has been named best local playwright by Westword newspaper and the Denver Post. Up next for Melissa, the World Premiere of her latest work Lost Creatures, with And Toto too Theatre Company.

 

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Lauren M. Long (Director)

Lauren is a Pueblo native and graduate of Adams State University now living in Aurora. She also performed in and directed many plays while studying at Adams State University.

 

 

 

 

 

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Kathi Baerns (Director)

Kathi is thrilled to be directing this year for And Toto, too. This is my 3rd Play Crawl, before as an actor, and each has been such a unique and exhilarating experience. Kathi has also appeared with AT,T in The Playground- American Herring as  Valda Blukisnov. She is now appearing in Incorruptible for RTR Productions at The Little Stage at St. Michaels through June 19th. Thank you to my talented cast Nicole Campbell and Adrienne Martin-Fullwood, and author ofRead to Me , Rebecca Gorman O’Neil.  Susan, thank you for this opportunity, you are a rock star and my hero for promoting women in theatre in such an impactful way. Celebrating your 2nd decade of And Toto, too.