The Play Crawl 2017


Directors bios

Snappers by jennifer faletto


jane shepard(director)

A graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Jane Shepard has been seen on screen & stage for 30 years, when not busy writing plays or directing film. She began her acting career with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and several seasons with the Denver Center Theater Company, including the regional & international tours of the original Quilters, before moving to New York for 25 years. There Jane appeared at a variety of venues, and received multiple awards or her plays & sceenplays. She is best known for a collection of her short works entitled, Kickass Plays For Women which premiered Off-Broadway last October. Most recently Jane was seen as the Patriarch in Maya Production's The Three Rings in Boulder, and she also appears in the award-winning short film The Road Home now touring film festivals. She is one of six artists to be honored by the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder this September for passion in the arts & service to community.


mom rom-com by nina alice miller

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kristine smiley (Director)

Kristine Smiley is thrilled to be working with And Toto Too. It is an honor to be working with a theatre company that empowers women. Kristine is a Colorado local and graduate from the University of Northern Colorado where she received a BA in Theatre Education. Kristine works as a teacher and Guest Artist in the Theatre Program at Denver School of the Arts. Over the past few years Kristine has been expanding her career throughout different theatre companies around the Denver Metro Area. Kristine has recently worked as a Stage Manager and Director for the Wolf Theatre Academy; shows include Matilda, Urinetown, and The Drowsy Chaperone. She was the Stage Manager of the world premier of Myth and was the Assistant Satage Manager for the regional premier of Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical at the Aurora Fox Arts Center. Kristine would like to thank her family, babe, and all her friends for the love and support.



 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.


 CLOSE ENOUGH by linda berry

LINDA BERRY (Director)

Linda Berry has six cozy mystery novels and a variety of other published credits, but has turned to writing poetry and short plays. This is her fifth piece for the play crawl.





Madison Kuebler (Director)

Madison is a local sound designer and actress originally from Arkansas. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BA in Theatre. She has designed shows such as Rabbit Hole and After Orlando at Vintage Theatre as well as Getting Out and Casa Valentina at the Edge Theatre. She would like to thank her family, friends, and co-workers for their constant love and support, and a special thanks to her partner, Jenae.






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.




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 73 rd . Avenue Theatre Company. She has participated in more than 50 plays as actor and/or director. This is her third year participating as Director in the Play Crawl and the first one as actor.





Melissa Lucero McCarl (Director)

. 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.), and recently the world premiere of her play Lost Creatures at And Toto too Theatre Company.   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. 


FAKE DOG by carol samson


Carol Samson holds a Ph.D. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Denver, A published short story writer and poet, Carol has also adapted literary materials for the stage. In 2008 she adapted Virginia Woolf's diaries for a staged play, After Tea, performed at the International Virginia Woolf Conference,;and in 2015 she adapted Colorado writer Kent Haruf's novel, The Tie that Binds, which was performed by Chalk Horse Theatrein Salida, Colorado.  As director and adapter of the Haruf production, she won the 2016 Best Director Award from the Colorado Community Theatre Association. Her stories have appeared in literary journals such as a collection published by Ghost Road Press, Open Road Windows 2006, which won the Colorado Book Award for Short Story Anthology and a collection by Black Ocean Press, Chicago, Please Stay on the Trail. Carol Samson recently retired from the teaching faculty of the University Writing Program at the University of Denver, having received Emeritus recognition. She is now working on another Haruf adaptation based on essays and pieces from his Plainsong to be presented in September 2017.

 don't TURN LEFT by rebecca gorman o'neill

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Billie McBride spent 20 years in NYC prior to moving to Colorado doing theatre and Television.  Since moving to Denver she has both acted and directed in many of the theaters in Colorado.  She spent the past 10 years as the resident director for the DENVER CHILDREN’S THEATRE and has also directed both Children’s productions and main stage productions for THE ARVADA CENTER FOR THE ARTS AND HUMANITIES. She just completed directing A Skull In Connemara for Miners Alley Playhouse, Side Show for the CSC, Lost in Yonkers for Midtown Arts in Fort Collins and a workshop of a new play for Elitch Gardens Theatre in Denver. Billie recently won a Henry Award for directing THE VINTAGE THEATRE’S production of Night Mother and this year received The True West Award for Theatre Person of the Year.



Edith is a writer director and actor in Denver.  Recently published are Murder, Actually and Sleeping Goldilocks and the Seven Dwarves;  recent acting credit: Sweet and Lucky with the Denver Center/Third Rail Projects, and she directed Mrs. Mannerly at the Arvada Center and The Taming for Catamounts Boulder.