Top Teens Showcase

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Join us for our 2nd Annual TOP TEENS SHOWCASE featuring the acting, singing, musical and performance art talents of select young emerging artists that are theatrically coached and mentored by Beth Marshall throughout the season. Local veteran industry professionals adjudicate and select a Critic’s Choice TOP TEEN.
When: July 22nd
Where: Class Act Studios
11561 Lake Underhill Road, Orlando, FL 32825
Time: 6pm
Tickets: $10 General Admissions
Featuring:
Harrison Baxley – Teen New Works Series Playwriting Winner
Chase Davis – Leadership/Playwriting/ Acting
Jordan Anthony Gago – Stage Management/ Musical Theatre
Nakary Hurtado – Leadership/Assistant Producing – BMP Intern
Jordan Laica – Technical Direction/Light Design
Clark Levi – Directing/Acting/New Works Director – BMP Intern
Alyssa Mason – Acting/Singing/Musical Theatre
Caroline Mueller – Stage Management/Leadership
Bennet Preuss – Acting
Vanessa Frances Poulson – Teen New Work Series Playwriting Winner
Ashley Sox – Directing – PIAD Student Director 2017
Forrest Stringfellow – Acting – BMP District 3 Scholarship Winner
Winona Wiley- Leadership/Directing
John Zamborsky-Acting/Musical Theatre
Honorary Top Teens
Alexia Correa
Rose Helsinger
Sara Isola

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The following awards, honors and financial scholarships were awarded to these young emerging stars thru the generous contributions from The Beth Marshall Presents Theatrical Scholarship Fund, Florida Theatrical Association, & Class Act Studios: 

Excellence in Musical Theatre & 1st Place Cash Scholarship Winner: John Zamborsky

Excellence in Stage Management & 2nd Place Cash Scholarship Winner:
Caroline Mueller

Excellence in Leadership & Arts Activism & 3rd Place Cash Scholarship Winner & Full Workshop Scholarship Winner:
Nakary Hurtado

Overall BMP TOP TEEN Winner & Full Workshop Scholarship Winner:
Winona Wiley

1st Place Teen New Works Playwriting:
Harrison Baxley

2nd Place Teen New Works Playwriting:
Vanessa Frances Poulson

Excellence in Directing & Arts Activism:
Clark Levi

Excellence in Rising to The Occasion & Partial Workshop Scholarship Winner:
Ashley Sox

Excellence in Artistic Growth:
Alyssa Mason

Excellence in Comedy (Acting & Playwriting):
Bennet Preuss

Excellence in Technical Direction:
Jordan Laica

Excellence in Acting & Risk Taking:
Forrest Stringfellow

Excellence in Work Ethic & Creativity:
Jordan Anthony

Spirit of The Theatre Award:
Chase Davis

Excellence in Completing BMP Internship:
Alexia Correa

TOP TEEN Parenting Award:
Alan Levi & Sandi Linn

All TOP TEENS along with TOP TEENS in Training and incoming and BMP Interns were awarded discounted theatrical workshop fees.

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BMP INTERNS (2016-17)
Clark Levi
Alexia Correa
Nakary Hurtado
Winona Wiley

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BMP INTERNS (2017-18)
Nakary Hurtado
Clark Levi
Gabriel Neil Barnert
Jordan Laica
Jordan Lewis
Kendall Myers
Ben Lowe

Honorary TOP TEENS:
Alexia Correa
Rose Helsinger
Sarah Isola

Top Teens in Training:
Gabriel Neil Barnert
Joshua Huff
Jazzlynn Whiddon
Jonathan Ochoa

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Meet the Teens!

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Harrison Baxley is a Theatre student at the University of South Florida earning his degree in Theatre Studies with a concentration on Playwriting. His original one act musical Grocery Stories, was performed in a regional one act competition in Niceville, Florida in January of 2017. It received a Superior score for both the technical work, which he Technical Directed, and the performance, which he Assistant Directed, wrote the lyrics and book, and performed in the ensemble. Harrison has also received a Critic’s Choice award for his original one act script, Between Bells, a Best Script award for his play, H.O.P.E., and a Superior score for his one act, Does Linguist Rhyme with English?  which was produced by the University of Miami’s Student Theatre Action Group in April of 2017, as well as for the NWF Theatre Festival. His past theatrical credits include: The Miracle Worker (Technical Director), Into the Woods (Narrator/Mysterious Man), Peter and the Starcatcher (Peter), and Grocery Stories (Lyrics and Book, Assistant Director, Ensemble), as well as numerous community theatre productions.

 

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Chase Davis is pursuing a dual major in Theatre and English at Florida State University. She has acted in 12 productions at Citrus High School, and has received the District XII Thespian Festival Best Actress award for three consecutive years for her performances in Sonny DeRee’s Life Flashes Before His Eyes (Emma), Plaza Suite (Norma), and La Dispute (Egle). Technically, Chase has been scenic designer for six productions including The Wizard of Oz and Little Women, and was Technical Director for Grease. Her designs for Plaza Suite and La Dispute received “Best Scenic Design” at district competition. Chase has received the District XII Thespian Festival Critic’s Choice Playwriting award for her one-act plays School Boys of Auschwitz, Yard Sale, and Three Speeches. Other theatrical credits include: TwentiethCentury (Beard), The Drowsy Chaperone (Tottendale), Dearly Beloved (Gina Jo/Tina Jo), Grease (Frenchy), Almost, Maine (Gayle/Glory/Scenic Designer), The Wizard of Oz (Wicked Witch of the West), Three Days of Rain (Lina/Nan/Scenic Designer), and Little Women (Meg). She would like to thank God, her family, and Ms. Neander for enabling her to pursue what she loves.

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Jordan Gago is a graduating senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL. As former Secretary and Historian of Troupe 2461, Jordan has been involved in the schools theater department for all 4 years of high school. Jordan’s previous accolades this year included Straight Superior for his Solo Musical both at District and State Thespian Festivals, as well as the 2016 Musical Theatre Scholarship winner at the District 3 Thespian Festival.  He has trained at Orbit Performing Arts Academy as well as South Beach Dance Academy. Some of Jordan’s favorite  theatrical credits include: Dennis in All Shook Up, Nick Piazza in FAME: The Musical, Old Man Strong and Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown, The Musical, and Rapunzel’s Prince in Into The Woods. In addition to performing on stage, Jordan was recently Assistant Stage Manager and Sound Designer of Spruce Creek High School’s One Act, Life Below Zero, which received Superior Ratings at both District and State Thespian Festivals, and to be performed at the Orlando Fringe Festival in May this year.  Jordan’ plans to major in a BFA program for Musical Theatre this fall.  Jordan would to thank his parents, friends, Beth Marshall, and all his mentors that have supported and guided him through his journey.

 

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Nakary Hurtado is enlisted as a two-year intern for Beth Marshall Presents and is currently the ASM for BMP’s production of Commencement. From acting in PIAD, being the assistant Stage Manager and Costume crew for The Glass Menagerie, and being a spotlight op/ costume crew for Spelling Bee Nakary has learned so much from the people that encompass BMP. Last year Nakary was an intern for the Orlando Kids Fringe Festival and was the Assistant Director for Music Man at Cornerstone Academy. From being onstage to helping run the show, Nakary has found a true love and appreciation for all aspects of theatre. She is honoured to have been selected as one of BMP’s 2017 Top Teens and have been given the opportunity to further grow her leadership skills by being the Assistant Producer. I would like to thank my Mom, Beth, and friends for always encouraging and challenging me to reach beyond expectation and to never settle for mediocre. I hope you enjoy the show!

 

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Jordan Laica is here for lighting design and technical direction. He started his theatre career with Lake Howell Theatre company my freshman year starting off on stage crew. Sophomore year he started to do the AV work with the theatre company, and took over the department his junior and senior year. During his time as a tech he has worked with Beth Marshall on her “Play in a Day” event every year, he has worked two shows at the Orlando fringe festival, and worked countless rentals to the theatre. His passion for lighting design came from the first show he designed “The Great Gatsby” and he fell in love with the art. He will be going to Seminole State Community college and transferring to UCF to get a degree in Technical theatre and possibly a second degree in Computer Science.

 

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Clark Levi is an aspiring Director/Actor/Jack of All Trades in the Central Florida Theatre community and a rising freshman at Flagler College. He is currently an intern for Beth Marshall Presents, a paid writer/creator for the website Performerstuff, and the co-creator/lead director for the rising production company Light-up Shoebox. Recently, he has directed (45 Neo-Futurist Plays From) Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind under the Light-up Shoebox name and for Boone, as well as a piece for Beth’s Play-in-a-day, and was assistant director for Addams Family (Boone Theatre)As an actor, he has performed around town in: Eric Pinder’s Uncertainty for Orlando Fringe, the world premiere of O-Town Voices from Orlando, Runaways (Eric) and Diary of Anne Frank (Peter Van Daan) with Baggy Pants Theatre, and As You Like It (Jaques) and Macbeth (Porter) with Orlando Shakes’ TYC. He’d love to thank his parents for fully supporting his crazy decision to pursue theatre and never turning their backs on him, as well as everyone involved in Orlando theatre that he has gotten to know. From his fellow high school thespians to the long-time professionals, everyone of them has had a profound influence on his life and future as a worker and creator.

 

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Alyssa Mason is a recent graduate of Lake Howell High School and former President and Historian of Troupe 4937. Her theatrical career began at the age of 5, and has done nothing but blossom ever since. She has had experience in acting, singing, dancing, costuming, directing, stage management, set and stage crews, as well as hair and makeup. Her main focus is musical theatre, and she plans on pursuing a musical theatre degree at UCF after completing her first two years at Valencia beginning this fall. Her past roles include Jordan Baker (The Great Gatsby), Little Red Riding Hood (Into the Woods), Sharpay Evans (High School Musical), and Barbara (Night of the Living Dead). She would like to thank her family, James Brendlinger, and of course, Beth Marshall, for all of their support in helping her get this far.

 

Caroline Mueller, a graduate of Boone High School, is an aspiring production stage manager and will be attending the very competitive Oklahoma City University Stage and Production Management Program this fall. One of her most recent achievements was being the Stage Manager for Boone Drama’s production of The Children’s Hour. This production achieved acclaim by winning both Best Production at the South Eastern Theater Conference as well as the Florida State Thespian District 5 Competition.  Caroline has also stage managed Boone High productions of All Shook Up, 21 Chump Street, which won Patron’s Pick at the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival and Songs for a New World which earned her a 2017 Applause Award nomination.  Caroline has participated in last year’s Beth Marshall’s Play in a Day and has had the pleasure of working with and learning from Beth for the past three years.  She is beyond excited to see what the future holds in this amazing industry.

 

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Bennet Preuss is an incoming junior at Lake Howell High School. His favorites roles include Ponyboy in The Outsiders at LHHS, Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, and Beethoven in Dog Sees God at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. His duet acting scene earned Best in Show at the 2016 District 3 Thespian Festival. He was honored to perform in Beth Marshall Presents Play-in-a-Day in both 2015 and 2016 and thanks Beth Marshall and James Brendlinger for their support and inspiration.

 

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Vanessa Frances Poulson is 18 years old and from Orlando, Florida. She is the published author of the poetry collection entitled “laundry”, available on Amazon, and is the two-time District V “Best in Show” playwright. She has been writing since a young age, and love both cats and dogs because variety is indeed the spice of life. Vanessa has been an active member of the Project Heal nonprofit since 2015, beginning her work on the National Instagram page and progressing to other social platforms, as well as joining the junior advisory board. Vanessa is the founder of “The Ophelia” a blogging site designed for people to share their individual stories and provide a cathartic release from past tragedies. She is the editor of The Millenial Times digital newspaper and writes for a variety of other online publications. Her work has been featured in national marketing blogs, community papers, social change platforms, and a variety of other groundbreaking spaces. You can contact her at vanessa@theprojectheal.org.

 

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Ashley Sox is delighted to be directing for her first Beth Marshall Presents production. Ashley is a senior at Lake Howell High School and is the Historian for her high school Thespian troupe and Theater Company. This year at the District 3 Thespian Festival, she received Best in Show and at the state level, she received Critics Choice for her student directed scene. She is also the head costumer for her theater company. Some of the shows she’s costumed include The Great GatsbyFiddler on the Roof, and Brother’s Grimm Spectaculathon.

 

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Forrest Stringfellow was recently a senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, Florida. As president of his Troupe, 2461, Forrest was involved in his theater program for all 4 years of his high school career. Forrest’s previous accolades include BEST IN SHOW for monologues at both the 2015 and 2016 District 3 Thespian Festivals, the 2016 Beth Marshall Wild Card Scholarship and CRITICS’ CHOICE for monologues at both the 2016 and 2017 State Thespian Festivals. This fall, Forrest plans to attend Daytona State College to study nursing and then later study theatre with a steady job. He couldn’t be more grateful for the recognition both ITS and Beth Marshall have given him.

 

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Winona Wiley is the current Website Manager for Beth Marshall Presents. 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 is a currently studying at Beth’s alma mater Stephens College and obtaining her BFA in Theatre arts, with a focus on directing/arts administration. 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 cannot wait to work along side the Top Teens of Orlando!

 

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John Zamborsky is an incoming senior at Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, FL. John is an aspiring triple-threat and Vice President of Troupe 2461. John recently served as Dance Captain and Assistant Choreographer for Spruce Creek High School’s production of Into the Woods. His solo musical earned Critic’s Choice at the 2016 District 3 Thespian Festival. In March, he represented District 3 at the 2017 Florida State Thespian Festival, where he received a Superior rating. John is currently training at South Beach Dance Academy and in the Studio of Dr. Jamison Walker at Stetson University. Some of John’s theatrical credits include include Dennis in All Shook Up at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, Jack in Into the Woods at Spruce Creek High School, and Michael in Life, Below Zero at the 2017 Florida State Thespian Festival. John would like to thank his parents for their endless love and support!

 

Meet the Judges!

 

Julian Bond (Writer/Composer/Musical Director/Magician) is originally from Winchester, England, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. Over the next decade he undertook studies in several other instruments, as well as composition, and in his twenties he moved to London where he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with an honors degree in Music Composition, including specialism in conducting, music production and film scoring. His piano studies continued in both classical and jazz, and he has performed internationally in both genres. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the European Junior Piano Festival, the EMI “Make Music” composing competition, the Alexander Grotsz Prize for Composition (London) and in 2005 he was ranked as one of the country’s top ten young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies, under the auspices of the late Elmer Bernstein. Julian is currently enjoying a variety of musical activities, both in and out of state, and whilst in Orlando he enjoys working as a composer, pianist, producer, clinician, recording artist and musical director for several organizations including the Walt Disney Company. Julian is honored to have been involved in several BMP projects including 33 Variations, Beatnik Squared and Cubed, Janine Klein’s: The Mutha F%$#@in’ Musical and Cydney Clarks: A Coming of Age Cabaret. Most recently Julian created the musical for PIAD 2015.

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Places of Employment:

Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida

Associate Professor Texas Christian University

Associate Professor University of North Carolina-Greensboro

Walt Disney World Show Director

For Walt Disney, including theme park shows, she has directed shows in South Africa, for Disney Event Group and the Disney Institute Additional professional directing include productions in New York, Texas, Toronto, North Carolina, Kentucky, Vermont, Florida and Tennessee.  A member of Actors’ Equity Association, she has performed with several Shakespeare companies including: Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Shakespeare and Company and Kentucky Shakespeare. A member of the Dramatist’s Guild – selected works include:  We Carry the Dream (Commissioned and produced by Hangar Theatre) The Dream Keeper (Commissioned and produced at Virginia Stage Company), Mother of Civil Rights (Juneteenth Festival))A Day Without Inventions (Commissioned and produced Orlando Science Center), Shakespeare’s Greatest Loves (Commissioned by Buen Hogar Foundation) and Spunk and the Harlem Literati (Zora Neale Hurston National Festival and UCF) Invited Consultantships: FARO –International 3D Measurement Technology, Engineering and Computer Simulation, Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre Programs, Greystar International Property Management. Association of Image Consultants International, Script Consultant for The Spectator – Department of Women’s Studies – University of Maryland, Acting Consultant for Almost Legal – Soap Opera aired on TBS – Filmed in Ft. Worth, TX. Selected Commercial Credits include: Disney, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Thrifty Car Rental, Belk, Zora’s Roots-(Zora Neale Huston), The National Education Association, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Kentucky Educational Television, Food Lion, Norton Hospital, J Harold Smith Studio, New England Homeowners Association, Kentucky Medical Center. Selected Kennedy Center American Center Theatre Festival Awards:  KCACTF Kennedy Center Medallionfor Artistic Excellence, KCACTF Region IV Teaching Artist Award, National Commendations: Distinguished Performance by a Faculty Guest Artist (Aunt Ester) – Gem of the Ocean and The Woman Who Fell from the Sky (Rita), Second Alternate For National Festival – Director for La Llorona.  Excellence in Directing: The Learned LadiesThe Piano LessonLa Llorona, West Side Story, Twelfth Night and Stop Kiss. Selected Academic Awards: UCF Center for Success for Women Faculty “Women of Distinction Award,” UCF Teaching Incentive Award and Women’s Research Award.

Roy Cedric Brown started his theatre career at Theatre Downtown in 2010 as a general stagehand and light board operator. In 2012 he began his design career at Theatre Downtown and has been fortunate to branch off and work with Florida Theatrical Association, Gen Y Productions, and Cultural Fusion. Past designs include Gen Y Productions’ Bat Boy, Cultural Fusion’s Christmas is Comin’ Uptown and recently Garden Theatre’s Into the Woods. It’s a privilege to pass on knowledge to a future generation of thespians.

Kenny Howard  – (Select NY Credits) Red Light Winter, PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, Ladies of Eola HeightsNew Rochelle and Leigh Silverman’s AD for Hwang’s Golden Child at the Signature Theatre, and Go Back to Where You Are (Lucille Lortel Award) at Playwrights Horizon. (Select Orlando Credits) Bat Boy, Heathers (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Musical Award & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Musical), The Flick (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Play & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Play), Cabaret, VarieTEASE:Carnies, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (FL Premiere), [title of show](FL Premiere), When Pigs Fly, The Lion Queen. Howard is currently the Artistic Director of The Abbey and Education Director for Florida Theatrical Association, as well as conceiver, co-writer and director of shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Co-Founder of The Broadway Consortium, LLC, which has produced the Broadway productions of Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Evita, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Big Fish, Matilda, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the West End transfer of Master Class starring Tyne Daly. Under his management, his company received 6 Drama Desk Nominations, and 5 Tony Award nominations, including a win for The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He also co-founded Broadway Records which produced numerous cast and cabaret albums including How To Succeed, Matilda, and Big Fish Orginal Cast Recordings, two of which received Grammy nominations, He is a graduate of UCF and currently serves on the board of The Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Matthew MacDermid holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and English Literature and has over twenty five years of professional theatre experience as an actor, director, stage manager, and educator.  A proud member of FATE, the Florida Association for Theatre Education, Matty is a strong advocate for arts education in our schools.  As an actor, credits include Fr. Brendan Flynn in Doubt, Tom Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Louie Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers, The Baker in Into the Woods, Charles Guiteau in Assassins, and Lloyd Dallas in Noises Off, to name a few.  Directing credits include The Addams FamilyMary PoppinsWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?Sweet CharityThe Wizard of Oz, and the upcoming Marjorie Prime.  He is honored to work with BMP!

Peg O’Keef, a native Central Floridian, has had the great pleasure of working on many local stages throughout the last four decades. Most recently, she appeared in Long Days Journey into Night at Mad Cow Theatre and in John Ryan’s Beware the Dark in Winter Park at the Fringe. She is particularly proud of her work as Opal Locksdale in the Wanzie’s Ladies of Eola Heights series since she gets to share stage with Dame Beth Marshall. Also with BMP, she appeared in the much lauded 33 Variations. In addition to her performance work, Peg is a writer, editor, and teacher. When not performing or writing, Peg resides at a grassy airfield on the edge of the Green Swamp with her treasured husband Andy Salter, some vile but beloved cats, and her wobbly dog Kira.

Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin – Lyric Soprano, Theresa serves as the Chief Executive Director of CFL Vocal Arts. She also founded the organization in September 2012. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Miami. Currently, Theresa teaches voice at Valencia College, Dr. Phillips High School, West Orange High School and the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, while also maintaining a thriving private studio through her company Theresa Leigh Soprano Studios. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and performs regularly throughout the Winter Park, Orlando and Clermont areas, having appeared with Florida Opera Theatre, Moonlight Players, University Club of Winter Park and in the Casa Feliz Music Series. She is also a founding member of Belles & Bows holiday quartet.CFL Vocal Arts has become so much more than Theresa ever dreamed it would be and she is thrilled with the growth and contributions this organization has made to the local arts community. Theresa is most passionate about her work directing the Summer Institute and she can be seen performing in CFL Vocal Arts’ past and present productions. Theresa is so thankful to all of her friends and family for their support but especially her husband, Brent, sister, Danielle and fur baby, Missy.

Michael Wanzie is a multi-award winning playwright and producer who has written 26 plays and musicals which have been fully produced for the stage. He is the recipient of the Orlando Fringe Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, The Spectrum Award for Entertainer of the Year, and multiple WAVE Awards and Orlando Weekly Awards including Best Actor and Best Playwright. Among his many onstage credits, Wanzie has appeared for Beth Marshall Presents as Father Flynn in “Doubt” and as Charlie in “The Whale”.

 

Tiffany Weagly – An Orlando native, Tiffany’s “flair for the dramatic” has been prevalent all her life when she began acting at the age of 5. She’s come a long way from “3rd reindeer from the left” in a Christmas play, and her favorite acting credits include Snoopy in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Hope Wilton in the feature film Fair Play

Tiffany continued her love for Theatre as a 4848 Thespian at University High School, before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from Mars Hill College in Asheville, North Carolina. 

After college, Tiffany had the experience of volunteering for Americorps for two years working with migrant farmworker children, where she learned many values she continues to use in her life today. There, she found her passion for working with children and proceeded to become an acting coach for a middle school production of Music Man which lead to head director job at Boone High School. 

In 2005, Tiffany became the Director of Theatre Arts at Boone High School. Under her direction, the program grew to be a well-respected force in the state of Florida. While there, she taught classes in Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, and Film, and directed over 25 productions. During her time, Troupe 1139 won 26 district-wide “Best In Show” awards and 7 state-wide “Critics Choice” awards for her students’ achievement in acting, music, and technical theatre. In 2011, she proudly received the Grand Bohemian Fine Arts Educator of the Year Award. 

Tiffany is now proud to be the Director of Casting at The Imagination House where she oversees the Performer Stuff Theatrical Division and casting needs. She brings her creative and energetic personality to the table and loves being able to work with her friends while doing what she loves. 

At home you’ll find her either critiquing films, playing Zelda, chasing her cats, running marathons, writing food reviews, strumming her guitar, or spending time with her friends and family. She is happily married to her beautiful partner Heather and is a devoted mother to their baby boy.

Meet the Panel!

 

Julian Bond (Writer/Composer/Musical Director/Magician) is originally from Winchester, England, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. Over the next decade he undertook studies in several other instruments, as well as composition, and in his twenties he moved to London where he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with an honors degree in Music Composition, including specialism in conducting, music production and film scoring. His piano studies continued in both classical and jazz, and he has performed internationally in both genres. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the European Junior Piano Festival, the EMI “Make Music” composing competition, the Alexander Grotsz Prize for Composition (London) and in 2005 he was ranked as one of the country’s top ten young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies, under the auspices of the late Elmer Bernstein. Julian is currently enjoying a variety of musical activities, both in and out of state, and whilst in Orlando he enjoys working as a composer, pianist, producer, clinician, recording artist and musical director for several organizations including the Walt Disney Company. Julian is honored to have been involved in several BMP projects including 33 Variations, Beatnik Squared and Cubed, Janine Klein’s: The Mutha F%$#@in’ Musical and Cydney Clarks: A Coming of Age Cabaret. Most recently Julian created the musical for PIAD 2015.

 

Dana Brazil is the Director of Education at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, FL. Formerly, she was the Associate Director of the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Ms. Brazil received an honorable mention for the 2016 Education Tony® Award for her work with actors with special needs and autism. Additionally, she was awarded The Broadway League’s 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Education and Engagement. She is a member of the Audience Engagement Committee at The Broadway League.  In addition to Dana’s role as an arts education leader, she is also an award winning actor, choreographer, director and teaching artist.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University – M.F.A. Acting, B.A Communications, B.A Theatre, The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, New York, NY.  Ms. Brazil is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.  www.drphillipscenter.org

Melissa E. Fritzinger has been involved in the Orlando theatre community for almost 10 years. She has worked as a stage manager for Orlando Rep, Orlando Shakes, Beth Marshall Presents, Orlando Fringe, Garden Theatre as well as Walt Disney Entertainment. In addition to Orlando area production companies, Melissa worked with The Coterie Children’s Theatre, The Fishtank, and Melting Pot KC in Kansas City, MO.

Melissa’s career with Disney began in 2008; she has worked many special events and daily operations stages at Hollywood Studios. Currently she works at Beauty and the Beast-Live on Stage, Fantasmic, March of the First Order, Star Wars-A Galaxy Far, Far Away, and Star Wars A Galactic Spectacular-Fireworks Show. She also fills in as Manager on Duty for Rigging and Fireworks Operations.

Having a love of theatre since seeing Babes in Toyland at Radio City Music Hall as a child, being in theatre was always in her sights. Melissa came back to the theatre in 2004 after college and working in retail. She was the very first stage manager in the redesigned Gainesville Community Playhouse in 2005 with R&H Cinderella. She has made lifelong friends in her theatre life and even met her husband at a show.

Melissa is looking forward to working with the Garden Theatre as PSM on Jesus Christ Superstar and Lieutenant of Inishmore with Beth Marshall Presents as PSM.

Favorite credits include: The Exit Interview (Orlando Shakes), Truth Stands, Echoes of Octavia (Melting Pot KC), Little Mermaid, Jr. (Orlando Rep), The Diviners (Beth Marshall Productions), Geek Mythology (The Coterie), Destiny of Desire (Garden Theatre).

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.

 

Kenny Howard  – (Select NY Credits) Red Light Winter, PieFace! The Adventures of Anita Bryant, Ladies of Eola HeightsNew Rochelle and Leigh Silverman’s AD for Hwang’s Golden Child at the Signature Theatre, and Go Back to Where You Are (Lucille Lortel Award) at Playwrights Horizon. (Select Orlando Credits) Bat Boy, Heathers (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Musical Award & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Musical), The Flick (FL Premiere, Broadwayworld.com Best Direction of a Play & 2016 Critics Pick for Orlando’s Best Play), Cabaret, VarieTEASE:Carnies, Hedwig and the Angry Inch (FL Premiere), [title of show](FL Premiere), When Pigs Fly, The Lion Queen. Howard is currently the Artistic Director of The Abbey and Education Director for Florida Theatrical Association, as well as conceiver, co-writer and director of shows for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Co-Founder of The Broadway Consortium, LLC, which has produced the Broadway productions of Chinglish, Bonnie & Clyde, Evita, Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Big Fish, Matilda, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and the West End transfer of Master Class starring Tyne Daly. Under his management, his company received 6 Drama Desk Nominations, and 5 Tony Award nominations, including a win for The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess. He also co-founded Broadway Records which produced numerous cast and cabaret albums including How To Succeed, Matilda, and Big Fish Orginal Cast Recordings, two of which received Grammy nominations, He is a graduate of UCF and currently serves on the board of The Orlando International Fringe Festival.

Anastasia Kurtiak  has grown up in the entertainment industry, but truly fell in love with theatre when she began doing technical work for performances during high school. After gaining an Internship with Beth Marshall Presents she quickly learned that she had a passion for theatrical management. She eventually pursued a degree in the Dramatic Arts from Valencia College and graduated in December of 2016. Over the years she has stage managed many shows with various productions companies, such as Gen Y Productions and The Florida Theatrical Association, but she always seemed to migrate back to the Garden Theatre where she now resides as Production Coordinator. When Anastasia is not working at the Theatre, she can be found volunteering at the Maitland Audubon Center for Birds of Prey and teaching others about Florida’s wildlife.

 

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!

Lauren O’Quinn is an award-winning professional actress with over 150 national and regional commercials and numerous films and television shows to her credit. She majored in Theatre at the University of Georgia before moving to Orlando in 1997.  She has been working with actors as a coach since 1999 and teaching professional acting classes since 2002. For 10 years, she taught advanced acting classes for Art Sake Studios – and in 2012, opened ClassAct Studios. She is a founding member of Art Sake Studios’ resident ensemble, a former talent agent, and a freelance casting director.  Her specialty is training actors in deep emotional access and the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Lauren’s unique background of experience on all sides of the camera gives ClassAct actors the ability to gain invaluable knowledge about the business of acting, as well as the craft.

Michael Wanzie is a multi-award winning playwright and producer who has written 26 plays and musicals which have been fully produced for the stage. He is the recipient of the Orlando Fringe Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, The Spectrum Award for Entertainer of the Year, and multiple WAVE Awards and Orlando Weekly Awards including Best Actor and Best Playwright. Among his many onstage credits, Wanzie has appeared for Beth Marshall Presents as Father Flynn in “Doubt” and as Charlie in “The Whale”.

 

Patty Wolfe wants to live in a world filled with innovation, great films & theatre, big & small animals, friendly people and a lot of water.

Patty began her career as a producer/director more than 30 years ago at ABC Network Television. She’s worked for Good Morning America and ABC Sports — covering Olympics, Super Bowls, Triple Crown Horse Racing and loads of other stuff on Wide World of Sports. She produced stage shows for Kathie Lee Gifford and a Christmas Special for CBS. Patty was producer and co-owner of the Jim Thorpe Pro Sports Awards, the first pro sports awards show on television from 1992-1995. In addition to producing, she helped establish the elite panel of voters, presenters, and advertisers. All of this hard work and dedication to her career in network television earned her 3 three Sports Emmy Awards and Directors Guild of America recognition.

Patty is passionately involved in the non-profit community. In addition to producing features for Autism Speaks, Association to Benefit Children, Women’s Sports Foundation, Preferred Behavioral Health, 180 Turning Lives Around, The Center for Discovery and more, she served on several boards as well. This is where she likes to shine.

As managing director of the media group Patty finds herself along side young talent and creative innovation every day. That and knowing together they help launch clients to new heights makes this her favorite time in her career and life.

Patty is the staff photographer for Beth Marshall Presents. So far her BMP credits include: The Whale, The Glass Menagerie, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and upcoming Fringe 2017 show Commencement.

 

Meet the Workshop!

 

Julian Bond (Writer/Composer/Musical Director/Magician) is originally from Winchester, England, where he began piano lessons at the age of seven. Over the next decade he undertook studies in several other instruments, as well as composition, and in his twenties he moved to London where he graduated from the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama with an honors degree in Music Composition, including specialism in conducting, music production and film scoring. His piano studies continued in both classical and jazz, and he has performed internationally in both genres. He has been the recipient of many awards, including the European Junior Piano Festival, the EMI “Make Music” composing competition, the Alexander Grotsz Prize for Composition (London) and in 2005 he was ranked as one of the country’s top ten young film score composers by Turner Classic Movies, under the auspices of the late Elmer Bernstein. Julian is currently enjoying a variety of musical activities, both in and out of state, and whilst in Orlando he enjoys working as a composer, pianist, producer, clinician, recording artist and musical director for several organizations including the Walt Disney Company. Julian is honored to have been involved in several BMP projects including 33 Variations, Beatnik Squared and Cubed, Janine Klein’s: The Mutha F%$#@in’ Musical and Cydney Clarks: A Coming of Age Cabaret. Most recently Julian created the musical for PIAD 2015.

Tim Evanicki is a Juilliard-trained performer and producer. Originally from NY, Tim moved to Orlando to begin working for Walt Disney World. Now over a decade later, Tim is still actively working in the performing arts community in Central Florida. Tim has produced small entertainment for parties all the way up to major convention shows with over 100 performers. He currently serves as the artistic director of the Parliament House Footlight Theatre, and continues to run his own private voice studio.

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!

Lauren O’Quinn is an award-winning professional actress with over 150 national and regional commercials and numerous films and television shows to her credit. She majored in Theatre at the University of Georgia before moving to Orlando in 1997.  She has been working with actors as a coach since 1999 and teaching professional acting classes since 2002. For 10 years, she taught advanced acting classes for Art Sake Studios – and in 2012, opened ClassAct Studios. She is a founding member of Art Sake Studios’ resident ensemble, a former talent agent, and a freelance casting director.  Her specialty is training actors in deep emotional access and the ability to live truthfully under imaginary circumstances. Lauren’s unique background of experience on all sides of the camera gives ClassAct actors the ability to gain invaluable knowledge about the business of acting, as well as the craft.

Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin – Lyric Soprano, Theresa serves as the Chief Executive Director of CFL Vocal Arts. She also founded the organization in September 2012. Theresa holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree with a minor in Spanish from the University of Central Florida and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance degree from the University of Miami. Currently, Theresa teaches voice at Valencia College, Dr. Phillips High School, West Orange High School and the new Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center, while also maintaining a thriving private studio through her company Theresa Leigh Soprano Studios. She is an active member of National Association of Teachers of Singing and performs regularly throughout the Winter Park, Orlando and Clermont areas, having appeared with Florida Opera Theatre, Moonlight Players, University Club of Winter Park and in the Casa Feliz Music Series. She is also a founding member of Belles & Bows holiday quartet.

CFL Vocal Arts has become so much more than Theresa ever dreamed it would be and she is thrilled with the growth and contributions this organization has made to the local arts community. Theresa is most passionate about her work directing the Summer Institute and she can be seen performing in CFL Vocal Arts’ past and present productions. Theresa is so thankful to all of her friends and family for their support but especially her husband, Brent, sister, Danielle and fur baby, Missy.

Kyla 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.

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