TAYLOR NORTON (Director) is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan where she received her BFA in Directing. Off-Broadway: Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical* (Araca Project 2014). University of Michigan: The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek; The Who's Tommy; Legends Ourselves*; Zombie Farm: A New Musical*; Thinking Up A New Name for the Act. Assistant Directing: Trumpets and Raspberries; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Diver (US Premiere); A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Hedda Gabler. Training: The Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Double Edge Theatre, The British American Drama Academy. www.TaylorNorton.com (*Denotes World Premiere).
ASHLEE SPRINGER (Set Designer) enjoyed making something out of nothing. She works with Queens based fabrication studio, Paper Mache Monkey. Recent designs have been with Recent Cutbacks’ Hold On To Your Butts (The Pit) and SANSA Productions’ Bears (59E59) and Exit Carolyn (The Drilling Company). Proud University of Evansville grad.
JOSEPH THOMPSON (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer based in Brooklyn, New York. Recent Lighting Design: Mad Forest (Williamstown Theatre Festival Workshop), The Myth Project (Noor Theatre), Nothing But Trash (Theater For The New City), Futurity (MassMoca B10). Recent Assoc/Assist Lighting Design: The Nether (MCC’s Lortel), The Invisible Hand (New York Theater Workshop), The Old Man and the Old Moon by Pig Pen Theater Co. Tour (New Victory Theater) (Assoc. LD).
CHRISTOPHER ROSS-EWART (Sound Designer) is in the second year of his MFA at Yale School of Drama in sound design. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, he has worked in both Vancouver and Toronto, as a designer, writer, actor and musician for theatre, dance and film. He has a BA in drama from the University of Toronto.
PORNCHANOK KANCHANABANCA (Nok) (Assistant Sound Designer) is third-year MFA candidate in Sound Design at Yale School of Drama, where she recently designed The Winter's Tale. Other credits include Paradise Lost (Yale School of Drama); American Gothic, The Brothers Size, The Crazy Shepherds of Rebellion, The Shoemaker’s Prodigious Wife (Yale Cabaret); Ain’t She Brave (FringeNYC); Ain’t Gonna Make It (ANT Fest); Oxygen (undergroundzero festival); and Red Demon (Tokyo Metropolitan, Singapore Arts Fest). Associated sound design include Elevada at Yale Rep Assistant design credits include A Streetcar Named Desire and Accidental Death of an Anarchist at Yale Rep. She also collaborated with theatre companies in Thailand including B-floor, Babymine, Crescent Moon, Makharmpom, and Democrazy. She holds her BFA in performing art from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.
MICHELLE HERNICK (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is a Twin Cities native who has performed at the Park Square Theater, the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, and in New York at the Village Theater for the 2007 International Fringe Festival Producer Award-winning performance of Angst: The New Teen Musical. Since 2008, she is actively involved in various roles at the Red Eye Theater in Minneapolis. Following high school at the St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, she received her Bachelor of Science in Business from the Carlson School of Management, and has since worked in artistic consultation in Minnesota. In addition to stage managing the rehearsal process for Summer Valley Fair, Michelle is working with a budding company to provide local continuing training opportunities for performers. Michelle is ecstatic to participate in the production and is thankful to work alongside such amazing artists!
SAMMY BROWN (Production Stage Manager) is a freelance stage and event manager in New York, Chicago, and southern California. Recent credits include work with The New Victory Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, The Laguna Playhouse, and The Actors Fund. Sammy has also had the honor of working regionally with the Center for Puppetry Arts, Hope Summer Repertory, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Sammy is calling Chicago home as he continues work with Chicago Shakespeare before hightailing it back to California sunshine to finish his master's degree. He is so grateful to be working with some of the best people he knows. UCIrvine MFA’16, UET’13.
SALLY CADE HOLMES (Producer) most recently produced The Twentieth-Century Way with Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and Les Freres Corbusier’s Here’s Hoover! directed by Alex Timbers. Additionally, she is the Producing Associate at Tom Kirdahy Productions (The Visit and It’s Only A Play). She served as the Producing Associate at Williamstown Theatre Festival where she worked on Broadway and off-Broadway productions of The Bridges of Madison County, Fool for Love, Living on Love, The Old Man and The Old Moon, and The Visit. Other companies that she’s collaborated with include: Keen Company, SpeakEasy Stage Company, Sans A Productions, and TheatreWorks USA. Sally Cade is a Master of Arts Administration candidate at Boston University and received her BS in Theatre from the University of Evansville.
PATTI ANNE MILLER (Producer) is a Freelance Producer and Arts Administrator, currently working as the Development Coordinator for The Playwrights Realm. She has worked with Portland Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and The Public Theatre. This year she has collaborated with César Alvarez on The Universe is a Small Hat and produced Sam Alper’s LOVEPLAY / PLAYMONEY at the Club at La MaMa. She is currently the Artistic Producer for the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals. Patti received her B.S. in Theatre Education from The University of Evansville.
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ORIANA LADA (Ciara Jones) is a recent graduate of the University of Evansville with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. During her final year at the University of Evansville, Oriana played the role of Queenie in The Wild Party, directed The Metal Children by Adam Rapp, and attended the New Harmony Project as an acting intern in two full-development plays. She is very excited to be reuniting with artists from both her home state of Minnesota and Evansville alumni for Summer Valley Fair. Oriana will be attending Brown/Trinity Rep in the fall to pursue her M.F.A. in Acting.
DYLAN FREDERICK (Book, Lyrics, Music, & the girl) is an artist who loves making plays. He studied at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists. He scored a BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. He is an MFA Acting candidate at the Yale School of Drama. This summer, he will drink La Croix, walk alongside a dog, light fireworks, and dream about other people.
BARRETT RIGGINS (the guy) is excited to be making his NYC debut in Summer Valley Fair. Regional credits include Henrik (A Little Night Music), George (The Drowsy Chaperone), and Bernstein (Dogfight). University credits include Sam (The Flick), Mayor Shinn (The Music Man), and Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical. Barrett, a junior at the University of Michigan pursuing a BFA in Musical Theatre, is also an accomplished songwriter who has performed at numerous university venues. Thanks to MT17, to Taylor and the SVF team for this incredible opportunity, and to his loving friends and family for their support. Go Blue!
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