BMP Company

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 those of Mother, Wife and Friend! 

Lighting Designer

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.

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

Blue's Headshot 1Blue Estrella is super excited to be a part of Beth Marshall Presents as a Stage Manager. Since her move to Orlando in 2000, she’s received a Film Degree at FMU and a Bachelor’s in Theatre Arts at Stetson concentrating on lighting and sound design. She’s performed in the parades at Disney World and has choreographed several High School Color Guards throughout the state of Florida. She began her theater career at SAK Comedy Lab as the head house manager and lighting/sound improviser. In 2012, Blue decided to write, direct and choreograph “SPINZophrenia” for the Orlando Fringe and since then has been heavily involved with the Orlando Fringe. Recent work includes Stage Managing for “Bubble Gum Party” and “Slut Like Me”. She has also been a Stage Manager for Play-In-A-Day and now is excited to announce her new position as the PIAD Production Stage Manager! She would like to thank Beth and BMP for giving her this incredible opportunity! When she is not teching, or stage managing, you can find her directing/choreographing the Ocoee HS Knights Visual Ensemble.

Costume Designer

MisstitchedHeadshotKyla Swanberg “Misstitched” is thrilled to be a part of Beth Marshall Presents for the first time and will be designing for the season. Kyla has been working in her hometown of Orlando for different artists; designing and building costumes, puppets, creatures, and anything else they are crazy enough to come up with. She has most recently worked with the fabulous Blue Star with VarieTease: Carnivale at the Fringe (Awarded both “Patrons Pick” and “Best Dance Show”), Aqueous, VarieTease 50th, and Monster. She also designed for Gen Y Productions season directed by Kenny Howard- Cabaret, Heathers: The Musical (Awarded “Best Costume Design” by broadwayworld.com), and Bat Boy. Also with director David Lee on a Mac Wellman play Girl Gone (winning “Best Tech” at districts). Outside of Orlando, she has recently been designing for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Kyla is continuing her education as an Art History major at UCF. She would like to thank her amazing family, including her parents Rebecca Fisher and Joe Swanberg and her partner Steven Caito for supporting her stitch by stitch.

Website Manager

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Winona Wiley is thrilled to be returning to the Beth Marshall team as the website manager this season! Prior to this, she worked with Beth as a first year intern during the 2015/2016 season. She has also appeared as an actor in Play-in-a-Day and Beatnik Cubed with BMP. Winona has in the last four years been involved with various professional, community, and educational theatres across Central Florida. She is a currently studying at Beth’s alma mater Stephens College and obtaining her BFA in Theatre arts, with a focus on directing. Winona would like to thank Beth for giving her an immense amount of opportunities in the professional theatre world and preparing her for her future career. She would also like to thank her friends and family  for their constant support!

Contact: winona@bethmarshallpresents.com

Box Office Manager

Chris Foster

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.

Resident Artist

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Clark Levi is a two year intern and top teen for Beth Marshall Presents. Previously with BMP, he’s directed Paris Crayton III’s Stuck for the New Works Series, as well as worked as a spotlight operator for Spelling Bee and Run/Build crew for Glass Menagerie. He has also been involved in 3 different years of Play-in-a-Day; as director, actor, and assistant production manager. In the Top Teens program, he has established himself as an LGBT+ arts activist and won many awards, including 1st place overall and the Billy Manes Arts Activism Scholarship, as well as the Veteran Top Teen Award. He also currently works with Beth as a reader in film castings and is excited to continue working with her as a Resident Artist. He has performed around Orlando in professional, community, and summer stock shows. Notably, he’s performed in O-Town: Voices From Orlando (Ant Farm Productions), My Pal Bette (Ms. B Productions/Orlando Fringe) and Eric Pinder’s Uncertainty (Orlando Fringe). He has also played with Orlando Shakes’ The Young Company for four years and directed, designed and performed with the Boone High School Theatre Dept. He is also a writer for the website Performerstuff, a National Ranking Thespian and a hopeful Jack of All Trades in the Central Florida Theatre Community. He is currently attending Flagler College for a degree in theatre arts to achieve this goal.

Interns

Jordan Headshot 3Jordan Laica is very excited to be an intern working with Beth Marshall Presents this season. He worked with Ms. Marshall during my four years at Lake Howell High School. He graduated from Lake Howell High School in May of 2017. During his four years at Lake Howell he was a Thespian in Troup 4937.  He was the lead in their technical programming. Some of his proudest accomplishments include 4800 theatre hours logged, from main stage productions to small rental venues including Orlando Fringe Festival; being the recipient of 2017 District 3 Michelle Backel Technical Theatre Scholarship; and being a Technical Director, Lighting Designer, Sound Designer, Master Electrician, Lighting Board Operator, Sound Board Operator and Stage Hand. In addition to his work with Thespian Troup 4937, he was the Lake Howell High School Audio Video Tech President where he assisted the school’s IT Network Specialist with multiple issues. He is currently enrolled in the Theatre Program at Seminole State College where he was awarded a Theatre Scholarship. Jordan hopes to obtain his associate degree and certificate in Technical Theatre. After achieving his associate degree, He plans on continuing his education to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Technical Theatre. In August, he will be attend Seminole State College on a Technical Theatre Scholarship and the District 3 Michelle Backel Technical Theatre Scholarship.

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Ben Lowe 
is a second year intern with Beth Marshall Presents and a first year student at the University of Central Florida, where he is pursuing his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatrical Design and Technology with a focus on lighting design. Previous BMP credits include Top Teens, Play In A Day, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Last season, Ben was honored to receive BMP Intern of the Year. Following college, Ben hopes to spend a few years aboard Disney Cruise Line and long term, he plans to have a career in Disney Imagineering. Ben would like to thank his friends and family for their continued support, and to Beth for another fun and exciting year. 

 

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Gabriel Barnert is a currently a freshman at Daytona State College. He is so excited and honored to be working with the other interns and members of BMP this year. Gabriel plans on majoring in Theatre while obtaining a minor in Education, and wants to teach high school theater in Central Florida. At Daytona State, Gabriel is a Stage Manager. Gabriel is the proud recipient of the 2017 Beth Marshall Presents Wild Card Scholarship and the 2018 Technical Theatre Scholarship from Florida State Thespians. He was the Assistant Producer for Play-In-A-Day 2018 and the Producer Of Top Teens 2018.

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Jonathan Ochoa is an up and coming actor who recently graduated from Patchogue Medford Highschool on longisland, NY. He met Beth during one of his auditions at Lake Howell Highschool, and has been helped by her ever since. She continues to help him branch out and audition for many shows, and he is also a new Intern for BMP. He has mainly been in theatre shows such as Dog Sees God and Avenue Q but hopes to start dipping his feet into the world of film and television, and to learn more about mastering the craft of acting.

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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.

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Jazzlynn Whiddon is currently a junior at Lake Howell High School. She is extremely excited and honored to be working with BMP for the upcoming season. She is an aspiring actress and stage manger and thanks to BMP, has had the opportunities to pursue her dreams. Some of her favorite credits include Gary Coleman in “Avenue Q”, Three Pigs in “Shrek the Musical”, Jack Scott in “High School Musical” and Stage Manager for “Wilds” 2018 New Works Series. Jazzlynn is a 2nd year Top Teen and 1st year intern with Beth Marshall Presents. Along with theatre, she is also apart of her schools top honor choir and show choir. Jazzlynn would like to thank Beth for this amazing opportunity to work with the interns and herself once again and can’t wait to get started!

 

WINNERS OF THE BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS DISTRICT 3 HIGH SCHOOL THESPIAN SCHOLARSHIP
  • Gabe Barnert Theatrical Leadership/Education (Lake Howell High School⇒), 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
CURRENT COLLABORATORS/PARTNERS/PEOPLE WE WORK WITH:
  • The Garden Theatre- Venue Partner
  • Penguin Point Productions/James Brendlinger- Producing Partner
  • Lake Howell High School Theatre Department- Venue Partner
  • Florida Theatrical Association- Collaborator
  • The Abbey- Venue Partner
  • The Venue/Blue- Venue Partner
  • The Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House- Venue Partner
  • DiDonna Productions/Empty Spaces Theatre (Co)llaboration- Producing Partner
  • Valencia College- Venue Partner
  • Orlando Fringe- Venue Partner
  • Marcy Singhaus– Costume Designer
  • Oldies But Goodies/Barb Solomon- Properties
  • Aradhana Tiwari/Play the Moment- Company Director
  • Bill Warriner- Fight Director
  • Andy Crabtree- Graphic Design for Garden Theatre productions
  • Patty Wolfe Media Group- Photographer
  • Ginny Kopf- Dialect Coach
  • Steven Miller Pix- Photographer
PAST BMP TEAM MEMBERS:

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.

  • 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- 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).