Spencer was born in the swamps, in the hotbed of Miami Florida, and shipped off later to the city of steam and mysterious scents, New York. He has since found himself in San Diego, the city of something, to make his regional theater debut in The Legend of Georgia McBride! He is excited and hopes you are too. Tonight is bound to be a night of splendor so grand that adjectives themselves will fail to define it! So buckle up and get ready bitches!
Lance is thrilled to be making his Cygnet debut! He recently appeared as Harry the Horse in The Old Globe’s Guys and Dolls. San Diego: The Producers (Franz Liebkind), 42nd Street (Abner Dillon), Singin’ in the Rain for SDMT. Regional: The Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff), Odd Couple, Grease (Doody), Race (Charles Strickland), Fiddler on the Roof (Perchik), Annie (Rooster). TV: “The Middle,” “Terriers.” Film: Gods and Generals. Love to my girls, Annette and Ella. lancecarter.net, dailyactor.com Twitter: @LanceCarter @DailyActor.
(Miss Tracy Mills)
David McBean is a regular in Cygnet Theatre’s A Christmas Carol. Other Cygnet credits include Fully Committed (SD Critic’s Circle Craig Noel Award), Pageant, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Blonde, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Book of Liz, and Burn This. Other selected credits include: Travels With My Aunt, Unnecessary Farce, Shipwrecked, Charley’s Aunt, Pageant at North Coast Rep; 10% Review, The Rocky Horror Show, Psycho Beach Party, The Boys in the Band, The Mystery of Irma Vepp, Bunbury, Twist at Diversionary Theater; The Great American Trailer Park Musical at the SD REP.
Chesley is thrilled to be making is his first appearance at Cygnet and possibly more thrilled to be doing it in heels! An alum of UNCSA, Chesley hails from South Carolina and has originated several roles in New York. He was most recently seen prancing as King Louis IVX and swashbuckling as Rochefort in The Three Musketeers in NC. Chesley can be seen in the upcoming feature film Step Sisters directed by Charles Stone III. Aside from acting, Chesley is a teacher and writer with pieces available on Amazon and selections posted frequently on his Instagram (@poetinyourpocket). Selected credits: NY Theater: Much Ado About Nothing (Roundtable Ensemble); Faye Drummond (Ensemble Studio Theater). Regional: Wit (Triad Stage); The Tempest (RhinoLeap Prod.) Film: Bonnie & Clyde (A&E), Isolation (Entercainment Prod.), Centaur (Outland Prod.), Living On Laughs (Pilot). Move with Love toward Understanding!
Alexandra is thrilled to be making her Cygnet Theatre debut. Recent theatre credits include Good People (Scripps Ranch Theatre); Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theatre); Oklahoma (New Village Arts); Spring Awakening (Barnstage Company); Hairspray (Welk Resort Theatre); Bare: a Pop Opera (Diversionary Theatre); Chicago (Coronado Playhouse). Alexandra would like to express her thanks to her friends and family for all of their support, and everyone at Cygnet for giving her this outstanding opportunity. For Lena Belle.
Sean Murray (Director)
Mr. Murray co-founded Cygnet Theatre in 2002 along with partner Bill Schmidt. Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On the 20th Century, Gypsy, The Rocky Horror Show, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Fool for Love, True West, Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, 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.
Luke H. Jacobs (Choreographer)
Thank you to each of you for supporting the arts! Acting Credits at Cygnet: The Conductor in On the 20th Century, Miss West Coast in Pageant. Regional Acting Credits: Scuttle in The Little Mermaid (Moonlight), Jinx in Plaid Tidings (Welk Resort Theater), Carmen Ghia in The Producers (San Diego Musical Theatre), Hot Blades Harry in Urinetown (Barn Stage), Lucky in Dames at Sea (North Coast Rep), Fastrada in Pippin (Diversionary). Tours - In the Mood LIVE, All Shook Up!, Lead Singer/Dancer with Holland America Line. Luke holds his BFA in Musical Theatre from CSU, Fullerton. Big love to family, friends, i.e., and KP for their continued support and enthusiasm, and to the Cygnet family for their confidence in me.
Craig Campbell (Stage Manager)
Craig returns to Cygnet after having worked on: Animal Crackers, On the Twentieth Century, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Hay Fever, The Vortex. Other local area credits include: Damn Yankees, White Christmas, 42nd Street, La Cage aux Folles, West Side Story (SDMT); Peter Pan, The Music Man (Moonlight); The Tallest Tree in the Forest, Kingdom City, The Who and the What (La Jolla Playhouse). National tours: Forever Plaid, Guys & Dolls, All Shook Up. Craig is also thrilled to be announced as Cygnet’s new Production Manager.
Bonnie Durben (Properties Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century and 57 other productions; Moonlight Theatre Productions: Aida, Little Mermaid, Sunset Blvd, In the Heights, Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic, The Addams Family, The Music Man, Shrek, All Shook Up, Big Fish; Scripps Ranch: Skin Deep, Good People; Diversionary Theatre: 2.5 Minute Ride, Well, Ballast, Mystery of Love and Sex, The Boy Who Danced on Air, Now or Later, She-Rantulas, Baby with the Bathwater, A New Brain, Amazons and Their Men; Mira Costa Theatre: Waiting For Lefty, Oklahoma, These Shining Lights, Romeo and Juliet, Seven, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Urinetown. Member of the Society of Property Artisans and Managers.
Sean Fanning (Scenic Designer)
Sean is a Southern California based scenic designer. He has designed over twenty productions for Cygnet Theatre including Animal Crackers, On The Twentieth Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Dogfight, Hay Fever, The Vortex, The Whale, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, and many more. Elsewhere: Full Gallop (Craig Noel Award Nomination), A Doll’s House (The Old Globe); Evita, Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Everybody’s Talkin’, Honky, In the Heights (San Diego Repertory Theatre); The World Premiere of Thomas and Sally, My Mañana Comes (Marin Theatre Company); Silent Sky, Equivocation (Lamb’s Players); Margin of Error (Roustabouts Theatre); Brownsville Song (Moxie Theatre); Damn Yankees, West Side Story (San Diego Musical Theatre). He received the first Craig Noel Award for Designer of the Year for his body of work in 2016. Sean holds an M.F.A. in Scenic Design from San Diego State University. www.seanfanningdesigns.com.
Jennifer Brawn Gittings (Costume Designer)
Cygnet: Animal Crackers, Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Dirty Blonde; The Old Globe: Skeleton Crew, Knowing Cairo; La Jolla Playhouse: The Grift, El Henry, Honey Bo and the Gold Mine; San Diego REP: Over twenty productions, including Evita, Manifest Destinitis, The Oldest Boy, Oedipus El Rey, Venus in Fur, Clybourne Park, The Who’s Tommy, In the Next Room, Threepenny Opera, Don Quixote, Intimate Apparel. Resident Costume Designer and Design Ambassador for MOXIE Theatre. Other San Diego credits: North Coast Repertory, Diversionary, New Village Arts, ion, among others. Regional: A Noise Within, Crossroads, Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey, The Western Stage. Accolades include the 2015 FringeNYC Award for Overall Excellence in Costume Design, four Craig Noel Awards, a Patté Award, and the NAACP Theatre Award. Ms. Gittings teaches Fashion Illustration at the Art Institute of CA, and creates custom costumes for private clients through her company LEO DUO. www.icostumedesign.com, www.leoduo.com.
Peter Herman (Wig & Makeup Designer)
Cygnet Theatre: Costumes and Wig/Makeup Design for Shakespeare’s R&J, Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Wigs/Makeup Design for The Effect of Gamma Rays..., Animal Crackers, Shockheaded Peter, On the 20th Century, Bad Jews, Seven Guitars, King Hedley II, Gypsy, Stupid F**king Bird, The Rocky Horror Show, When the Rain Stops Falling, Hay Fever, The Vortex, Dogfight, My Fair Lady, Sons of the Prophet, Pageant, Fool for Love, True West, The Motherf**ker with the Hat, Spring Awakening, Maple and Vine, The Importance of Being Earnest, Travesties, Company, Assassins, A Christmas Carol, Gem of the Ocean, Mistakes were Made, Man of La Mancha, Dirty Blonde, Parade, A Behanding in Spokane, The Glass Menagerie, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Private Lives, Sweeney Todd. Elsewhere: Peter has designed hair and wigs for over 300 productions, including the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, San Diego Opera and Disneyland. Peter currently teaches wig and makeup at SDSU.
Dylan Nielsen (Sound Designer)
Dylan is happy to return to Cygnet for his third design having previously worked in Animal Crackers, On the 20th Century and Gypsy. Dylan is a graduate of UCSD where he received a degree in computer science and music. Other credits include: The Odyssey (The Public), In the Heights (Muir Musical), Spelling Bee, Scenes from an Execution, Sin Eaters, Rhinoceros (UCSD).
Sarah Zimmerman (Assistant Stage Manager)
Sarah is a graduate of Grove City College where she received her B.S in Business Management with a minor in Theater. Recent credits: When the Rain Stops Falling (Cygnet); Damn Yankees, White Christmas (SDMT); The Little Mermaid, Titanic the Musical, The Music Man (Moonlight); The Weir, Golda’s Balcony (NVA).