Producing Artistic Director/CEO
Beth Marshall is an award-winning and critically acclaimed Producing Artistic Director, Theatre Artist and recovering Arts Administrator. Beth has made her living creating original works or producing traditional works told in nontraditional ways with a strong focus on touring Fringe Festival Circuits.
From 2003-June 2011, Beth was the Producing Artistic Director of The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and served as the Vice President of The Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals from 2006-2008.
Beth is a current Artistic Ambassador for The National New Play Network and remains a consultant and advocate for Fringe Festivals globally, while fully producing theatrical seasons as Producing Artistic Director/CEO of her own company Beth Marshall Presents.
Beth has been awarded 3 grants from United Arts: The most recent is in 2012 for her work as a performing artist in a one-woman show:Commencement. In 2008 she was awarded a professional development grant for her work as a Director/Producer for The Bric-A-Brac Vintage Vagabond Variety Show and in 2009 she was awarded a Professional Development grant for her work as Producing Artistic Director for Orlando Fringe.
For 3 consecutive years (2009-11), Beth has been awarded “Best Arts Advocate” by Orlando Weekly. In 2007 Beth was awarded the prestigious Bank of America Local Hero Award for her artistic and humanitarian work within the Central Florida Community and received a $5k grant to donate to the non-profit charitable organization of her choice. She chose Orlando Fringe.
Additionally. Beth is a part-time movie star, having recently finished filming alongside of Matt Dillion as his BFF (Molly) in Laurie Collyer’s Indie Film, Sunlight Jr. As well as a Horror Movie Queen where she recently played Loretta the Biker Bitch in Rockabilly Zombie Weekend and psychic twins Amity/Corrie in Cassadaga.
Click here to see a complete list of Beth’s awards and honors.
Beth’s favorite roles are that of Mother, Wife and Friend!
Assistant to the Producer
Mike Deaven is a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida’s Theatre program. Mike worked with Beth Marshall Presents for the first time in March when he appeared as Orin in Children of a Lesser God. At UCF, Mike originated the role of The Investigator in The Unusual Suspects in the One Act Festival. Most recently he was seen onstage at the Orlando Fringe Festival as Evan in all saints all souls. Mike hails from Minnesota, where he particiapted in several community theatre productions including Titanic the Musical and Sweeney Todd. In this upcoming BMP season Mike will be onstage in Play-in-a-Day, Alice Lost in Wonderland, Beatnik, and 33 Variations. He is excited to become a part of this company, and looks forward to helping to produce great theatre.
Rob Winn Anderson- Rob is thrilled to create this original work (Alice Lost in Wonderland) as his second project with Beth Marshall Presents. As a playwright, Rob has been a Winner and Finalist for some of theater’s most prestigious awards and development programs. The 2013-2014 theatrical season will see five productions of four of his full-length plays (quite a feat for a relatively unknown artist). His play, A Tennessee Walk, was produced at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre as well as Jacksonville State University. A Fine Line will have its world premiere at the Clockwise Theatre in Chicago. A Little Princess – Sara’s Heart will see its first production as Boone High School’s fall play. And, then, there is the piece you are about to see.
Rob’s selected directorial works include: Biloxi Blues (Beth Marshall Presents); Legally Blonde; The Wizard of Oz; A Christmas Story (upcoming); Hairspray (upcoming); Steppin’ Out with Irving Berlin; Dracula; She Loves Me; Shipwrecked; Superior Donuts (Southeastern Regional premiere); The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Southeastern Regional premiere); The Matchmaker; The Rainmaker; An Inspector Calls; The Paper Bag Princess; A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas: James and the Giant Peach; The Queen’s Physician; Almost, Maine; After Juliet; Maryland; Shatter the Sky; Noodling Inspiration; The Sandman Says Goodnight; A Thurber Carnival; Anne of the Thousand Days and The Miracle Worker. Love to Tara, Tay and CK!
Brenna Nicely is a stage director and dramaturg from Maine. Directing credits include all saints all souls by kat sherman, Children of a Lesser God, Hamletmachine, Rhinoceros, and an original translation and adaptation of Kerstin Specht’s Lila. Nicely has previously worked as a Dramaturg on Biloxi Blues, The Diviners and Prop 8 On Trial for Beth Marshall Presents among other directing and dramaturgy projects. She has an MA in Theatre from the University of Central Florida and is pursuing her MFA in Dramaturgy and Theater Studies at the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. For more information, please visit www.brennanicely.com.
Production Stage Manager
Jay Ferrence (Production Stage Manager) is a graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he received his BFA in Stage Management & Event Coordination. He has had the pleasure of working for companies such as Cirque du Soleil, Walt Disney Entertainment, Universal Studios Orlando Resort, and on numerous other special events in the Orlando area. He has also played lead guitar in productions of “Runaways” & “Rocky Horror Show”, as well as acted in productions of “Little Shop…” & “A Funny Thing Happened…”. This is his second season with Beth Marshall Presents, having served as Stage Manager for both “Biloxi Blues” and “Children of a Lesser God” during the 2012-2013 season, and is his first as Production Stage Manager for BMP. He is thrilled to be a part of this unique and wonderful production, and hopes you enjoy the show.
OUR DESIGN TEAM
Amy Hadley has lived in Orlando since 1995 and is a graduate of The University of Central Florida. She is a Lighting Designer who works with many of the local theatres throughout Central Florida. She is very proud to have been a part of Beth Marshall Presents since the beginning. You may have seen her work in shows such as My Illustrious Wasteland, Our Town, Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, and A Christmas Carol. When she is not working as a Lighting Designer, she serves as the Technical Director for the Orlando Fringe Festival.
John Valines is the 6th member and “Sound Guy” for Vox Audio who won the Drama Desk award during their off-Broadway run. He’s also the Production Manager and technical improviser for Sak Comedy Lab where he is writing and directing the live theatrical sitcom, Better Days with Tod Kimbro. John has had the pleasure of working with Stages Repertory, Colorado Festival of World Theatre, Orlando Fringe, Florida Studio Theatre, The Orlando REP, Mad Cow and of course many shows for Beth Marshall Presents.
Tom Mangieri has a twenty one year history in Central Florida, Tom has worked with all the major theatre companies as well as numerous television sets for UCF-TV. Born and bred in New York, Tom holds a BA in Drama and Art, and often paints and dresses his own sets. Originally skilled in Graphics and Acting, he was often approached to work on sets in New York once the company found out he could draw and paint. Tom now designs regularly with The Orlando REP and Lake Highland Prep, and has many credits with the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Downtown, Madcow, and the IceHouse Theatre. With Beth Marshall Presents the projects were Our Town, Crimes Of The Heart and A Christmas Carol. Tom looks forward to a successful season with Beth and her production team.
Molly Walz is thrilled to be the costume creative for Beth Marshall Presents this season. A native of Dayton, OH, Molly recently relocated to Orlando to work as the costume shop manager at Orlando Repertory Theatre. She graduated from Kent State University with a BA in theatre, focused in costume design, and minor in history. Since graduation, Molly has worked as a costume designer, costume technician, and wardrobe supervisor all across the east coast and through the midwest. Past companies include The Human Race Theatre Company, The College Light Opera Company, Allenberry Playhouse, Cortland Repertory Theatre, The Short North Stage, Oberlin Summer Theatre Festival and Glimmerglass Opera, among others. Since moving to Orlando, Molly has had the pleasure of designing for the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre (The Cortez Method, Nicholas Nickelby (wig designer) and Pluto) and incredibly excited for the upcoming shows with Beth Marshall. Many thanks to Rob and Beth for this incredible opportunity to create something truly exciting.
Bill Warriner has been a professional fight director for 23 years. He has designed the violence for nearly every theater company in the Orlando area. He was recently featured on PBS for his work on Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Othello and in articles in the Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Weekly for Empty Spaces’ experimental piece, Violen(ce).
Darth Knapik is starting his first year at Valencia Community College to study technical theatre. As the son of Beth Marshall, he has been involved with theatre his whole life. Recently, Darth has built sets and ran lights/sound for Lake Brantley’s Productions and has overseen the technical aspects of all rentals of the theatre. His set designs include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Sweeney Todd. He was also awarded LBHS’ Phoenix Robe because of his over and above technical work on Once Upon a Mattress. For numerous years he volunteered for Orlando Fringe and served as Venue Tech in 2011. His first paid Beth Marshall Presents show was A Christmas Carol where he worked as backstage crew. Last season Darth served as Technical Director for Play-In-A-Day and the Master Carpenter/Stagehand for Biloxi Blues.
Anastasia Kurtiak (Assistant Stage Manager/Make-Up) has grown up around the entertainment industry. She started her theatrical career her Junior year of High School by joining Lake Brantley’s Drama Department and first taking on the role of Make-Up Director. In her first year she served as the make-up artist for Once Upon a Mattress and ended her Senior year as scenic painter and a constructor for Grease. Last season she participated in Play-In-A-Day as stage manager, scenic painter for Biloxi Blues, and ASM for Children of a Lesser God. She is attending her first year Valencia Community College and planning to further her education and passion by pursuing a degree in Technical Theatre with a focus in Stage Management. She is incredibly thrilled and grateful to ASM for Alice Lost in Wonderland and for all the opportunities given by BMP.