Eileen Bowman (Amy)
Eileen is so happy to be making her Cygnet debut! A San Diego native, she was last seen as Keeley Stevens in Pete N Keeley at Lambs Players Theatre. Other credits include: Guys and Dolls (Craig Noel award for her portrayal of Miss Adelaide) and Joe vs the Volcano (nominated for Craig Noel Award), Lambs Players Theatre; The Art Of Broadway, National Tour; My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), The Music Man (Marion), Singing in the Rain (Lena Lamont), Starlight Theatre. Eileen has played Grandma Who in How The Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre for the first thirteen years and will be returning this coming holiday season. She has appeared in numerous national commercials, as well as many TV features. She wishes to say thank you to God, her perfect and handsome husband Marc, and to her sweet parents and family for their support and love. This performance is dedicated to her beloved mother-in-law, Virginia. "Thank you for your grace and courage and strength. 'Who does he think he is...anyway?'"
Andy Collins (David)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Andy has been seen on the Cygnet Theatre stage in Assassins (Proprietor), Cabaret (Max), The Matchmaker (Ambrose), My Fair Lady (Harry) and Pageant (Miss Great Plains). Andy has also worked around town with Diversionary, ion, SDMT, North Coast Rep and SD Rep. Some of his credits include Pippin (Charles), Gypsy (Herbie), The Full Monty (Harold), Falsettos (Mendel), The Rocky Horror Show (Brad) and La Cage Aux Folles (Clo Clo). Mr. Collins began his stage career with San Diego Junior Theatre and the School of Creative and Performing Arts.
Mary Joe Duggan (Kathy)
A Kansas City native, Mary Joe is thrilled to be making her San Diego debut. Having lived in New York City for the past four years, she can't think of a better way to spend her summer: in the sun, working on such beautiful material. Most recently, she was seen in My Fair Lady (National Tour), and played Wendy Jo in Footloose at the Fireside Theatre. Favorite roles include: Into The Woods (Cinderella), All Shook Up (Natalie U/S), The Most Happy Fella (Cleo). Upcoming projects: In The Heights in Chicago (Nina U/S and ensemble). Thank you to Cygnet, and my family and friends, especially my mom and Lukey. Without your belief in me, I'd never be who I am today.
Athena Espinoza (Jenny)
Athena is excited to make her debut with Cygnet Theatre! Regional Theatre credits include Moonlight Stage Productions: I Love a Piano (Sadie), How to Succeed... (Smitty), Beauty and the Beast (Babette), Into the Woods (Rapunzel). San Diego Musical Theatre: Bye Bye Birdie (Penelope Ann); Welk Resort Theatre: A Chorus Line (Judy), The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Will Rogers Follies; North Coast Repertory Theatre: Cabaret (Fraulein Kost); Tustin Light Opera: Grease (Marty), Anything Goes (Bonnie); Musical Theatre West: 42nd Street (Diane Lorimar). Directing: Seussical, High School Musical, Grease, Into the Woods. Television: Glee, American Horror Story, Parenthood. Education: M.Ed. Cross-Cultural Teaching, B.A. Music. Thank you to Sean for this opportunity and thank you all for supporting Theatre in your community!
Melissa Fernandes (Sarah)
Cygnet Resident Artist. Cygnet Theatre: Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors (nominee, SD Critics Circle), Cabaret (nominee, SD Critics Circle), A Little Night Music, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Book of Liz, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol. San Diego Theatre: New Village Arts (Ensemble Member): Same Time, Next Year, The Seven Year Itch, Into the Woods (nominee, SD Critics Circle); Diversionary Theatre (Associate Artist): Falsettos, The Rocky Horror Show, Break-Up Notebook, Bunbury, Fifth of July, Never the Sinner; North Coast Rep: Dancing at Lughnasa, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Holiday Memories; Moxie Theatre: Drink Me, Dog Act; Sledgehammer: Sweet Charity; Regional: Sierra Rep: Little Shop of Horrors; La Jolla Playhouse: Harmony; Education: MFA- Musical Theatre from SDSU.
David Kirk Grant (Larry)
David is honored to be joining the Cygnet family for the third time, having previously appeared in Man of La Mancha (Governor/Innkeeper, SD Critic's Circle nominee) and Parade (Hugh Dorsey). He will soon be seen in La Jolla Playhouse's revival of Side Show, directed by Academy Award winner Bill Condon. Other favorite San Diego credits include The Great American Trailer Park Musical, SD Rep; Pump Boys and Dinettes, Smoke on the Mountain, The Music Man, and Festival of Christmas, Lamb's Players; Oklahoma!, Welk Resort; Company, Starlight; 42nd Street, I Do, I Do, Evita, Footloose, Annie Get Your Gun, The Spitfire Grill, and Chess, Moonlight Stage Productions. National touring credits include 42nd Street, The Music Man, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and a New Zealand production of The Secret Garden. David can occasionally be spotted in Aladdin at Disney's California Adventure (Jafar). He was a co-star on NBC's The Office and recently finished shooting on location in Montana for the upcoming feature film, The Thin Line. David is a proud member of SAG and Actors' Equity Association.
Linda Libby (Joanne)
At Cygnet: Cabaret, Man of La Mancha, Man From Nebraska and Cygnet's inaugural production of Hedwig & the Angry Inch. Recently Linda played Big & Little Edie in Grey Gardens and directed Chicago: A Speakeasy Cabaret for Ion Theatre. Local credits include: San Diego Repertory, Lambs Players, Mo'olelo, North Coast Repertory, New Village Arts, Write Out Loud, and Starlight. She is proud of her Craig Noel Critics Circle Awards for her work in Gypsy, Request Programme, and Cabaret. A long time member of Actors Equity and a founder of the Actors Alliance, Linda is a teacher at High Tech Middle Media Arts where she formed the Drama program. For Miss Elizabeth.
Ashlee Mayer (Marta)
Ashlee Mayer is thrilled to be making her Cygnet Theatre debut as Marta in Company. Other credits include: The Sound of Music (SDMT), White Christmas (SDMT), Respect (Act11/SDRep), The Way Out (Santa Monica Playhouse), Cinderella (Choreographer/Shine LA), Little Women (AMDA), Seussical (AMDA) and Bye Bye Birdie (CTE). Ashlee has a BFA from AMDA College and Conservatory of the Performing Arts. Ashlee would like to thank all her family and friends for their love and support, and the amazing director, cast, and crew of Company!
Matthew Naegeli (Paul)
Matthew is new to the San Diego area and recently appeared in South Pacific at the Welk Theatre. Originally from Albuquerque, NM, he has performed roles including Curly in Oklahoma! and Tony in West Side Story and most recently appeared as Arthur Kipps in The Woman in Black. In 2009, he received an MA in music theatre from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and made his professional debut in London as Anthony in Sweeney Todd at the Rose Theatre Kingston and as Roy Rogers in the Off-West End musical Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi.
)Cygnet Resident Artist.
Previously at Cygnet Theatre: Assassins
, Man of La Mancha
and Sweeney Todd
. World Premieres: Allegiance
with Lea Salonga and George Takei (The Old Globe), Limelight: The Story of Charlie Chaplin
, and Zhivago
(La Jolla Playhouse). Regional: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
(The Old Globe), miXtape
, Leaving Iowa
, Room Service
, Hello, Dolly!
, The Voysey Inheritance
and The Winslow Boy
(Lamb's Players Theatre); Evita
, The Desert Song
and Bye Bye Birdie
(Welk Resorts Theatre), Beauty and the Beast
(Moonlight Amphitheater), Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera
, Fiddler on the Roof
and The Scarlet Pimpernel
(Starlight Musical Theatre) and Miss Saigon
(Fullerton Civic Light Opera). His film credits include 29th & Gay
, U R Pre-Approved
and Rubix Cube Dinner
. He received his B.A. in Drama from UC Irvine. Love to Kyle. www.kurtnorby.com
Andrew Oswald (Harry)
Andrew recently made his San Diego premiere as George Tessman in The Further Adventures of Hedda Gabler at the Diversionary Theatre. Off-Broadway: For Love (Soho Rep), Bedtime Sketch Comedy (Westbeth Theatre Center). Off-off-Broadway: Northanger Abbey (Distilled Spirits, O.O.B.R. award winning production), King Lear, The Duellists (Theatre Ten Ten), Doctor Faustus (Tribeca Theatre Lab), Weird Romance (NADA), Dahling (Grove Street Playhouse), Bad Evidence, Taming of the Shrew, Duchess of Malfi (Kings County Shakespeare Company). Regional: Orsino in Twelfth Night (Orlando Shakespeare Festival), Bottom in A Midsummer Nights Dream and Malvolio in Twelfth Night (New Hampshire Shakespeare Festival), The Captain in The Sound of Music (Lincoln Amphitheatre), and El Gallo in The Fantasticks. Directing Credits include shows with Suspended Cirque, One Arm Red, the N.Y. Fringe Festival, and Westbeth Theatre Center.
Andrew Wells Ryder (Robert)
Based in NYC, Andrew is happy to be making his West Coast premiere at Cygnet Theatre. Professional credits include: The Way of the World (Franklin Stage Company), The Brink (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), Caucasian Chalk Circle (Sonnet Repertory Theatre). Andrew is a graduate of University of North Carolina School of the Arts and a proud member of AEA.
Wendy Waddell (Susan)
Wendy received her BFA in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts where she studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute. Select San Diego theatre credits include: Hamlet, Richard II, King John, Taming of the Shrew (Intrepid Shakespeare Company, Associate Artist); Time Flies, Off the Ground, Three Sisters, Crimes of the Heart (New Village Arts, Ensemble Member); Brave Smiles..., Bunbury, Speech and Debate (Diversionary Theatre, Associate Artist); Bluebonnet Court (Moxie Theatre/Diversionary Theatre); The Butcher of Baraboo (Moxie Theatre); The Miser, The Car Plays (La Jolla Playhouse); Brooklyn Boy (Scripps Ranch Theatre); and Othello (Women's Rep). She recently debuted as a director with staged readings at Diversionary and Intrepid Shakespeare. Wendy is also a Teaching Artist with Playwrights Project and Junior Theatre.
Katie is delighted to return to Cygnet Theatre after previous appearances in Cabaret
(Iola Stover/Dance Captain), and Man of La Mancha
(Antonia/Dance Captain). San Diego credits: The Old Globe: A Doll's House
; ion theatre company: Gypsy
(Louise/Gypsy - Craig Noel Award); San Diego Musical Theatre: Chicago
; Lamb's Players Theatre: miXtape
; Starlight Theatre: Hello Dolly!
Regional credits: Musical Theatre of Georgia: White Christmas
, Secret Garden
, Big River
, and The Producers
; McLeod Playhouse: Nunsense
and Thoroughly Modern Millie
; Galatean Players: Rivets
; Janesville Armory: A Wonderful Life
. She holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. www.katiewhalley.com
Stephen Sondheim (Music & Lyrics)
Sondheim is a major American composer and lyricist, credited by many as reinventing the modern stage musical. He was born in New York City and raised in New York and Pennsylvania. As a teenager, his neighbor was Oscar Hammerstein II, who became Sondheim's mentor. Sondheim graduated from Williams College, where he received the Hutchinson Prize for Music Composition. After graduation, he studied music theory and composition with Milton Babbitt. Stephen Sondheim's works have accumulated more than sixty individual and collaborative Tony Awards. "Sooner Or Later" from the film Dick Tracy, won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Song. Mr. Sondheim received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1984 for Sunday in the Park with George. In 1983, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, which awarded him the Gold Medal for Music in 2006. He was the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award in the 1993 Kennedy Center Honors. Mr. Sondheim is on the Council of the Dramatists Guild, the national association of playwrights, composers, and lyricists, having served as its President from 1973 to 1981. In 1981, he founded Young Playwrights, Inc., to develop and promote the work of American playwrights aged 18 years and younger.
George Furth (Book)
George Furth graduated from Northwestern University's School of Speech and did graduate work at Columbia University. After appearing in dozens of films and countless television shows as an actor, he went on to write (the play or book for) Company, Twigs, The Act, The Supporting Cast, Merrily We Roll Along, Precious Sons and Getting Away with Murder (with Stephen Sondheim). He won Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, London's Olivier and Evening Standard, Chicago's Jefferson, the Andy and Drama League awards. He was a member of the Actors Studio and the Dramatists Guild.
Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Assassins, WCYG presents A Christmas Carol, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, Little Shop of Horrors, Our Town, Cabaret, The Tragedy of the Commons, The Norman Conquests, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd, It's a Wonderful Life, Noises Off, Bed and Sofa '09, The History Boys, A Christmas Carol, A Little Night Music (SD Critic's Award, Best Director), The Receptionist, The Invention of Love, Bed and Sofa '04 (SD Critic's Award, Best Director, Best Musical Revival), Las Meninas, Escanaba in da Moonlight (SD Critic's Circle, Set Design), The Book of Liz, Pageant, Bug, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, St. Nicholas, The Matchmaker, Desire Under the Elms, Santaland Diaries, Firebugs, Fully Committed, Arcadia, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Little Foxes, My Fair Lady. Elsewhere: North Coast Rep: The Elephant Man (Patté Award, Direction), Man of La Mancha, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties; Diversionary: Never the Sinner, Love! Valour! Compassion!. Education: University of North Carolina School of the Arts (BFA). In 2000, Sean was named one of San Diego Magazine's "50 People to Watch" and in 2005 he was named Producer of the Year by the San Diego Critic's Circle.
Patrick Marion (Music Director)
Cygnet Theatre: Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret. San Diego Theatre: Lamb's Players Theatre (Associate Artist): miXtape, The Music Man, An American Christmas ('09 through '12), Pump Boys and Dinettes, Godspell, Boomers; San Diego Musical Theatre: Smokey Joe's Cafe; Diversionary Theatre: Moscow (Award for Outstanding Musical Direction, StageSceneLA); American Rose Theatre: Spring Awakening; Francis Parker: Once on This Island, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Always, Patsy Cline; Coronado Playhouse: Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party; Ariel Performing Arts: Zanna, Don't! A Musical Fairy Tale; Regional Theatre: Temecula Valley Players: Jesus Christ Superstar.
David Brannen (Choreographer)
David has been an actor/director/choreographer in town for over 20 years. He choreographed Assassins, Parade and Cabaret for Cygnet at the Old Town Theatre, as well as the production of My Fair Lady which was seen on Cygnet's Rolando stage in 2006. For three years, David restaged the original choreography of How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Old Globe Theatre. He received a San Diego Theatre Critic's Circle Award for his choreographic work on Cabaret both at Cygnet and at North Coast Repertory Theatre. Other choreography credits include: Starlight Musical Theatre: Oklahoma!, Evita, Jekyll and Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Urinetown, Company, Sweeney Todd; Sierra Repertory Theatre: Suds, Oklahoma!, Something's Afoot; Moonlight Theatre: Beauty and the Beast, Route 66; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Lyric Opera San Diego: Fiddler on the Roof, Babes in Arms, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, Man of La Mancha, Blame it on the Movies, HMS Pinafore.