BMP Company

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Beth Marshall Presents is a 13 year old independent nomadic theatre company based in Orlando Florida, committed to producing theatre that challenges our audiences, deeply explores the human condition and offers high quality production values with a special focus on contemporary and newer works, original premieres, socio-political dramas,  touring festival circuits and bridging the gap for emerging artists transitioning to professional theatre.

Meet the Team

Producing Artistic Director/Owner/Casting Director/Theatre Coach/Personal Manager/Officiant

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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 those of Mother, Wife and Friend! 

Consulting Partner of Artistic & Community Engagement 

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Dennis Neal has worked in stage and screen as an actor, director, writer and teacher for over 30 years.
During his time in Orlando, he worked directly with BMP on several projects including The Trayvon Martin Project as a writer and in the title role of Scrooge in BMP’s production of A Christmas Carol: The Ghost Story of Christmas at Garden Theatre. Dennis has been a personal mentor, friend and advisor to both Beth Marshall and BMP for over a decade and he is no stranger to Orlando stages. He was a founding member of MadCow Theatre Company and did several shows at Orlando Shakes. Dennis now resides in LA with his wife Susan and continues to act, direct and coach.

You can learn more about Dennis on his website: www.dennisneal.biz

Lighting Designer

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Amy Hadley is an independent Lighting Designer and Production Manager who works with many of the local theatres and festivals throughout Central Florida.  She is a graduate of The University of Central Florida’s Theatre Program.  She is very proud to have been a part of the Beth Marshall Presents team since the beginning.  Her list of shows with this company include My Illustrious Wasteland, Our Town, Driving Miss Daisy, Crimes of the Heart, A Christmas Carol, Diviners, Prop 8 On Trail, Biloxi Blues, Children of a Lesser God, 33 Variations, Alice Lost in Wonderland, Doubt, Glass Menagerie, The Putnam County Spelling Bee, Whale and The Lieutenant of Inishmore.  She would like to thank her better half for life, Haui B., for his continuous support and her daughter, the sassy Miss Ella, for her unconditional love and infectious joy. 

Play-in-a-Day Production Stage Manager, Resident Stage Manager, and Assistant

20200507_000309Blue Estrella is excited to be continuing her journey with the Beth Marshall Presents team as the Resident Stage Manager, & Play-In-A-Day Production Stage Manager! Since her move to Orlando in 2000, she’s received a bachelor’s in Theatre Arts at Stetson University concentrating on sound design. She began her theatre career at SAK Comedy Lab as the Front of House Operations Manager, and a lighting/sound improviser. Later on, she became the Production Technician for Kerry Giese at the JCC Theatre. After discovering the Orlando Fringe, Blue directed and co-choreograph “SPINZophrenia” in 2012. Fringe stage managing credits include “Bubble Gum Party”, “Now with Chikin”, “Slut Like Me”, “Save Me Dolly Parton”, “girl.” & “Black Wood”. Other SM credits include “25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” (BMP), “The Lieutenant of Inishmore” (BMP), “The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told” (BMP), “Gross Indecency” (Wanzie Presents), “It All Started at the Radisson Inn” (Wanzie Presents), “Wild Party” (Theater West End), & “Men on Boats” (Mad Cow). ASM credits include “Xanadu”, “Georgia McBride”, “1984”, “Flashdance” & “Ragtime” at Garden Theatre. Besides stage managing, Blue is also a color guard performer! She performed in the 2019 Macy’s Day Parade and has been directing/choreographing the Ocoee High Knights Visual Ensemble since 2016. #knightsvisualensemble #ocoeehsband

Contact: blue@bethmarshallpresents.com

Costume Designer

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Kyla Swanberg “Misstitched” has been a costume Designer for Central Florida for over ten years. She has designed costumes for BMP-Beth Marshall Presents (Spelling Bee, Glass Menagerie, The Lieutenant of Inishmore), Florida Theatrical (BWW.com– “Best Costume Design”- Heathers the Musical- as well as Cabaret, Bat Boy with Gen Y Productions), Fringe Festival (FishTales & Swan Songs, VarieTEASE Carnivale, Aqueous, 50th, Monster, Shadows of the Waifs), Norwegian Cruise Line, Theater West End (Once on this Island), and most recently Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando in 2019. She is currently quarantined at home making things in her studio to prepare for next year. 

Resident Artists

43950095_10156693120648917_1307682104133287936_nParis Crayton III is an award-winning playwright, actor, and director. He has written over 40 plays, 14 of which have been produced around the country.  He was one of ArtsATL “30 under 30” and Atlanta Journal Constitution’s “Artist to watch.” Creative Loafing named him 2014’s “Best Local Playwright”  Critics have called him “a powerful dramatist” and praised him as “One of the most important playwrights of our time.” His plays have been presented and/or workshopped by The Lark, Classical Theatre of Harlem, Aurora Theatre, Clark University, Working Title Playwrights, Stage Door Players, Rising Sage Theatre, 3 Hill Productions, Atlanta Black Theatre Festival, Beth Marshall Presents, Indianapolis Fringe Festival and more. Paris has worked with Beth Marshall Presents on several projects in the past years including his award-winning touring solo sho: Spare The Rod, Orlando Fringe’s Best Drama of 2014: Hoodies, The Trayvon Martin Project, Worthless and Chasing Gods and STUCK as part of the BMP New Work Series.

Screen Shot 2020-05-22 at 12.10.12 PMChristopher McIntyre is a New York based actor. Originally, a Kentucky native, born and raised, and a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BFA in Acting. As an associate artist with Random Access Theatre, he made his New York acting debut playing Hortensio in “Taming of the Shrew.” He has performed Off-Broadway and regionally. Credits: Quirky Waiter in a new series, Divorce School (Main Sequence Entertainment), Beta Bro in a webseries, Why The Bartender Hates You (Oliver Martin Productions). Lepidus in Antony & Cleopatra (Classic Stage Company/Bard City), Caesar Rupf in Romulus The Great (Yangtze Repertory Theatre), Cloten in Cymbeline & Bardolf in The Merry Wives of Windsor (Richmond Shakespeare Festival), Buddy in Holiday Memories (Bridge Street Theatre), Banquo in Macbeth& Rosencrantz in Hamlet (Stag & Lion Theatre), Speed in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Inwood Shakespeare Festival), Cupid in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (The AlphaNYC), Burgundy in King Lear (OST), Luke in Next Fall (Mad Cow Theatre), C-3Po in The Empire Striketh Back (Random Access Theatre). In his free time he loves to dabble in make-up design, playwriting, and being an awesome cat-dad to his new kitty, Azrael. To thine own self be true! www.christopheramcintyre.com

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Clark Levi (he/they) is an aspiring arts activist, director, devisor, producer, and arts administrator. He has spent much of his artistic career with Beth Marshall Presents, now a resident artist in the company. Recently with BMP, he has directed the online reading of Guns in Dragonland, as well as edited for the Artists Unite virtual protest, Downteeners video presentations and the new mission statement video. In the past, he notably directed Paris Crayton III’s Stuck (BroadwayWorld award-nominated) for BMP’s New Works series. He has also been involved in Play-in-a-Day for the past 5 years as director, actor, asst. production manager and asst. producer. In the BMP Top Teens program, he has won several awards, including 1st place overall, the Billy Manes Arts Activism Scholarship, and the Veteran Top Teen Award. In his final year with the program, he produced the event. He has also worked around Orlando in various professional, community, and summer stock shows. Notably, he production-managed White Rabbit, Red Rabbit (The Ensemble Company), stage-managed the award-winning world premiere of Leviticus (11th Hour Productions), and performed an autobiographical piece for O-Town: Voices From Orlando (Ant Farm Productions). He is currently working on producing/devising Oh Boy: Poverty, Polyamory and ALL my poor decisions in between for Fringe Festivals, and an interview-based theatre piece about what it means to “go back to school” during this time in American history. At his college, Flagler, he is producing a sociopolitically-focused student-led theatre initiative, which includes a series of student-written New Works and staged readings of published plays such as Silence and Actually. This semester he is leading a staged-for-zoom reading of The General of Hot Desire. Recently, he was also on the directing/devising-leadership team for Flagler’s production of The Old Man and the Old Moon. After graduating, Clark is returning to the Central Florida Theatre Community to continue his artistic and activist work.

IMG_2234 2Gabriel Neil Barnert is a former intern and top teen, and is now a Resident Artist for Beth Marshall Presents. Gabriel is a junior at Flagler College, majoring in Theatre Arts with a focus in Stage Management. Past stage management credits include Daytona State College’s production of Sister Act, Beth Marshall Presents’ girl., and Flagler College’s Infinity. He has been involved with Play-In-A-Day since 2014, and most recently has been the Assistant Production Stage Manager on this project. Gabriel is the Logistics Coordinator for the Florida State Junior Thespian State Festival. He works very closely with Penguin Point Productions and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Past awards include the Billy Manes Arts Activism Scholarship, FCSAA Theatre Student of the Month (December 2018), and an Associate of Arts with Honors degree from Daytona State College. After graduating, Gabriel plans on moving to New York City and pursuing his goal of stage managing on Broadway. 

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Joshua Huff lives in Winter Springs and is currently a junior at Lake Howell High School.  He has been actively doing theater in Central Florida for almost 4 years now. Some of his favorite roles include Jean Prouvaire in Les Miserables (Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center), Spencer in Snappy’s Happy Half Hour at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2016, Judas in Godspell (Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park), Josh in Bang Bang You’re Dead (Oviedo High School) and Solo & Ensemble in The Bitch of Living – Teen Angst at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2017. His passion is acting and straight plays though he also loves musical theater as well. Joshua is a 2nd year BMP Presents Top Teen and was also recently awarded with a BMP Presents Internship for the 2018 – 2019 season.  He looks forward to continuing to grow in his craft in the coming year, specifically in tv/film and to becoming a more well rounded artist.

Box Office Manager/Second Assistant to the Producer/Website Manager

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Chris Foster  (a.k.a Beth Marshall’s hubby, a.k.a Mr. Marshall, a.k.a the quiet good-looking guy in the corner) received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Sciences degrees in International Affairs with an Economics focus as well as a Post-secondary teaching certification from Florida State University. Chris spent several years teaching in a variety of settings with the Orange County Public Schools system, a public/private charter high school and Florida Southern College. From 2004 to 2015, Chris worked at Full Sail University, where he first taught the Entertainment Business and Law course then as Course Director for Introduction to Economics and also developed and taught the online Economics course for LA Film School. Throughout this career he has worked behind the scenes and greatly enjoyed contributing to the success of Beth Marshall Presents. I hope you enjoy the shows this season as much as I enjoy watching my wife work her magic in creating them.

Interns

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Jazzlynn Whiddon is a freshman at Daytona State College and is a 2nd year BMP Intern. She is also involved as a 4th year Top Teen and is currently co-producing the 2020 event! Some of her favorite professional theatrical credits include Cecily Cardew in “The Importance of Being Earnest”, Actor in “PLAY-IN-A-DAY”, Gary Coleman in “Avenue Q”, Stage Manager for BMP’s “New Works Series”, Stage Manager for Penguin Point Productions’ “The Great Gatsby” and Co-Director of Penguin Point Productions’ Storybook Theater. She is very thankful for the opportunities that Beth allows her to have and cannot wait to keep growing! 

DSC_0510 (1)Laura Powalisz is a freshman at Rollins College and is studying to be a Music Major with a minor in Theatre. This is her 2nd year as a Top Teen and she will be entering her 1st year of internship with BMP. Her top three areas of focus are Singing, Acting for Stage and Screen, and Leadership. This past summer, Laura received several Top Teens awards including Most Improved, C-Mac’s Award for Artistic Process, and Beth’s Top 2 Musical Theatre Selects. She was also a part of the Applause Awards as a nominee for Outstanding Lead Performer for her portrayal of Jo March in Little Women: The Musical. Laura has recently become a member of the Rollins Choir and Women’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble. Laura is also the current Music Director/Stage Manager for the DownTeeners Program. Her favorite credits include Gabriella (High School Musical), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors), and Susan (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe). Recently, she was a part of her 1st Rollins Production in which she played Moon in The Empty Space. She is excited and honored to continue her work with BMP.

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Caiti Fallon
 is a first year BMP Intern, 3rd year TOP TEEN and a senior at Montverde Academy as a part of their Theatre Conservatory. She’s also the current Troupe President. With her troupe, she’s won numerous “Best in Show” and “Top Honors” awards for both performance and directing. She also won the “All Star Cast” award for her role as the Nurse/Chorus in “Medea”. Recent credits at Montverde include Betsy/Lindsey in “Clybourne Park”, and Woman 3 in “Edges”. She’s also heavily involved with the Garden Theatre, as she’s a Junior Board Member and a summer teaching assistant. She recently apprentice-directed “Ugly Lies the Bone”, and you may have seen her onstage at the Garden as Young Vi in “Violet”. She plans to pursue acting and directing for the stage.

image0Emerson Short is a senior attending Lake Howell High School. This is her first year as a BMP intern and she completed her first year with Beth Marshall Presents’ Top Teens Program over the summer. Emerson has been active in theatre for over seven years and has been competing in it for three. Along with that, she is her thespian troupe’s secretary and President of the LHHS AV Tech Club. She performed at the Orlando Repertory Theatre in the Youth Academy productions as well as community productions at Penguin Point Productions. Her recent performing credits include JoJo (Seussical jr), Guard 2 (Dystopia) and Villian (Almost Maine) and her recent technical credits include Stage Manager for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and Rebel Without A Cause, Assistant Stage Manager for Assassins and lighting designer for The Importance of Being Earnest, Assassins, and Into the Woods. Her awards include All-Star Crew Member for her troupe’s production of The Other Room at the district level in 2018, Best Female Technician for LHTC in the 2018-2019 and the 2019-2020 school year, Best Actress (JoJo in Seussical jr) and Best Newcomer for LHTC in the 2017-2018 school year, All-Star Cast Member for LHTC’s production of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Marcy) and Honorable Mention for Student Directing at the district level in 2019 with her scene from the show, Lysistrata. After her first year with Top Teens, she received an award for Best Directing Project and Best Artistic Process. She also has been participating in PIAD for three years now as a costumer, a stage manager, and a playwright. Emerson has had the honor of having her first one-act play, Inverse Psychology, be produced through LHTC and was able to assistant direct it as a sophomore. For her senior directing project with LHTC, she wrote a one act play (Hydeout) and her troupe will be taking it to the digital thespians festival this year. Emerson would like to thank her friends, family, mentors, James Brendlinger, Tiffany Ortiz, and Beth Marshall for their support and guidance.

WINNERS OF THE BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS DISTRICT 3 HIGH SCHOOL THESPIAN SCHOLARSHIP
  • Joshua Huff Acting for Film and Stage (Lake Howell High School⇒PACE), 2019
  • Mackenzie Borglum Directing/Acting/Theatrical Leadership (Lake Howell High School⇒Florida Atlantic University), 2018
  • Gabe Neil Barnert Theatrical Leadership/Education (Lake Howell High School⇒Daytona State College), 2017
  • Forrest Stringfellow Acting (Spruce Creek High School⇒Daytona State College), 2016
  • Emily Nicole Stevens Directing (Lake Howell High School⇒Valencia College), 2015
  • Rose Harvey Stage Management (Lake Brantley High School⇒Virginia Commonwealth University), 2014
  • Kaitlyn Harrington Stage Management/Directing (Lake Howell High School⇒Rollins College), 2013
  • Ellen Boener Acting/Writing (Spruce Creek High School⇒Florida State University), 2012
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In loving Memory of our scenic designer, Tom Mangieri

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Tom (Tommy) Mangieri (Scenic  Designer 2008-2016) had a twenty-five year history in Central Florida, working with all the major theatre companies as well as numerous television sets for UCF-TV. Born and educated in New York, Tom holds a BA in English/Drama and Fine Art, and often paints and dresses his own sets. Originally skilled in Graphics and Acting, he was often approached to work on sets and costumes in New York/New Jersey once the company found out he could draw and paint. Tom was the resident scenic designer with Beth Marshall Presents from 2008 until his passing in 2016.  Tommy designed every BMP show with his final show being The Whale in March 2016 at the Garden Theater.  Tom also designed regularly with The Orlando REP and Lake Highland Prep, and has diverse credits with the Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Theatre Downtown, Empty Spaces, Madcow, IceHouse Theatre, and The Baystreet Players. With Beth Marshall Presents past projects were Our Town, Crimes Of The Heart, A Christmas Carol, Children Of A Lesser God, Biloxi Blues, Alice Lost In Wonderland, and 33 Variations. We all miss him dearly.

  • Winona Wiley Website Manager/Resident Artist (2017-2020)
  • Kyla SwanbergCostume Designer (2017-2019)
  • David Merchant Assistant to the Producer (2015-2016).
  • J.G. LantiguaSound Designer (2015-2016).
  • Darth KnapikMaster Carpenter (2012-2015) Construction crew (2008-current)
  • Stasia KurtiakProduction Stage Manager (2014-2015).
  • Mike Deaven-Assistant to the Producer/Resident Artist (2012-2015).
  • KH Photographics- Photography and Graphic Design (2009-2015).
  • Molly Walz- Costume Designer (2012-2014).
  • Jay Ferrence- Production Stage Manager (2012-14).
  • John Valines- Sound Designer (2008-2013).
  • Jennifer Bonner-Costume Designer (2008-2013).
  • Brenna Nicely-Dramaturg/Company Manager (2012-2013).
  • Melissa Koerner-Fritzinger-Assistant Stage Manager (2010-2011), Production Stage Manager (2012).
  • Chasmin Hallyburton-Assistant to the Producer/Production Stage Manager (2009-2012).
  • Interns- Matthew Gray (2019-2021), Joshua Huff (2018-2020), Gabe Barnett (2017-2019), Ben Lowe (2017-2018), Jordan Lacia (2017-2019), Jonathan Ochoa (2018-19), Kendall Meyers (2017-2018), Clark Levi (2016-2018), Nakary Hurtado (2016-2017), Alexia Correa (2016-2017), Winona Wiley (2015-2016), Daniel Meyer (2015),David Merchant (2014-2015), Amanda Grace (2013-2015), Gabriella Juliet (2013-2015), Kyle Rodriguez (2012-2015), Stasia Kurtiak (2012-2015), Gabe Patrick (2013-2014), Jack Young (2012-2014), Ally Gursky (2011-2013), Brenna Nicely (2011-2012),  Sarah Flatt (2011-2012), Michelle Rogers (2009-2010).