2016-2017 Apprentice Company
Erik Poger Abrahamsen (Acting Apprentice) is a recent graduate of Shenandoah Conservatory’s B.F.A. Acting program in Winchester, VA. Raised in Northern Virginia, Erik has been fortunate to play in many forms and is ecstatic to play as a 2016-2017 Serenbe Playhouse Apprentice. His favorite Muppet is Scooter, his favorite poets include Stephen Crane and Charles Bukowski, and his heart beats for espresso and melancholy protagonists. His favorite credits include American Idiot (Ensemble/Johnny u.s.), Illyria (Malvolio), Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (Man), All’s Well that Ends Well (Parolles), and Marat/Sade (Marquis De Sade). Many thanks to Serenbe Playhouse for the opportunity, and he is looking forward to an exciting year full of challenges and victories. He would also like to thank those who are close to his heart for giving him the life that he thought could only last in dreams. Everything he does is for T.T.S.O. and it’s time to get to work.
Bretteney Beverly (Acting Apprentice) hails from the great state of Texas. She received her B.A. degrees in Music and Psychology from Tougaloo College in 2012. She’s spent the last three years cultivating her talents and this past May received her MFA in Acting from Regent University. Bretteney’s thesis role at Regent was the Virginia premiere of Brownie Points (Deidre) by Atlanta based playwright, Janece Shaffer. Theatre credits include: Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, Jessie in ‘Night, Mother, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Fannie in Flyin’ West, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Grace in Bus Stop, Norma in The Diviners, Alice in Big River, the Gentlewoman in Macbeth, Sarah in The Man Who Came to Dinner and Mrs. Hardcastle in She Stoops to Conquer. She would like to thank her parents for their endless love and ongoing support. Additionally, she would like to thank everyone at Serenbe for the marvelous opportunity and the wonderful experience. Lastly, she’s thankful to God for his grace and mercy.
Brooke Bradley (Acting Apprentice) is a small town girl ready to dive headfirst into the Atlanta theatre community. Raised in Statesville, NC, Brooke attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and graduated with her BFA in Acting. There she grew her passion and talents for performing and was privileged to be cast in many shows, including UNCG’s Cabaret (Lulu), The Bungler (Hippolyte), Spamalot (Ensemble/Knight Who Says Ni), and Man and Superman (Maid) along with several other workshopped productions. She was also seen regionally in North Carolina Theatre for Young People’s touring production of Charlotte’s Web (Fern/Goose), Triad Stage’s Member of the Wedding (Janice), and Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre’s Oklahoma! (Ellen). Brooke has been itching to move to an area with more opportunity and is incredibly grateful to be welcomed as a member of Serenbe Playhouse’s 2016-2017 Apprentice Company. She is looking forward to being engaged in and learning more about the profession of acting through this apprenticeship and owes a great deal of gratitude to everyone involved at Serenbe Playhouse for this opportunity to grow as an artist and as a person. Brooke has been absolutely blessed with a family and a community back home who give constant love, encouragement, and support and cannot be more thankful for the life they have helped her to create.
Montgomery Davis (Acting Apprentice) is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.F.A. in Theatre Performance. Originally from North Carolina she has spent the past two years living out of a suitcase and a backpack as she traveled around the country for work and play. 28 states in the past two years to be exact. That being said she is excited to finally start planting roots in an amazing area and grow as an active member of an amazing company. Some of her credits are: Rootie Mallort in Graceland, a Pinhead in The Elephant Man, a Siren (with a magical voice and flame throwing powers) at the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, touring as Baloo the Bear in The Jungle Book, and most recently motion capture work for the new video game by Epic Games Paragon. Montgomery Davis is also a certified Actor Combatant with the SAFD with training in all eight weapons and theatrical firearms. She is also a yellow belt in Moo Duk Kwan. She hopes to one day be a certified teacher as well as a fight director with the Society of American Fight Directors. When not fighting, acting, and traveling she spends her time painting and training. She would like to thank Serenbe Playhouse for the amazing opportunity, as well as her family and friends for continual support of her dreams in this field of work. montgomerydavis.com
Hao Feng (Acting Apprentice) cannot even begin to express how honored he is to be a part of Serenbe Playhouse’s Apprentice Company for the 2016-2017 season. Born in Grand Forks, North Dakota and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hao’s artistic endeavors began with music, performing in solo and ensemble settings for both the piano and violin. After receiving his B.A. in Piano Performance and B.Sc. in Neuroscience at Emory University, Hao completed an M.Phil. in Music and Science at the University of Cambridge, where, outside of his studies, he found a new home in theatre. Some particularly memorable roles include Richard the Lionheart in The Lion in Winter, Paul in Kiss Me, Kate, Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Otto Silverhjelm in The Evil, and has also had the privilege of assistant directing and choreographing a production of The Sorcerer at the Minack Theatre. Hao is eager to begin a yearlong journey of training and complete immersion in the theatre (a breathtaking outdoor theatre at that!). A gargantuan thank you to Brian Clowdus and the rest of Serenbe for this invaluable opportunity.
Kate Handzlik (Stage Management Apprentice) is eager to launch her professional career as an apprentice for Serenbe Playhouse for the 2016-2017 season. While she was born and raised in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, Kate has called Johnson City, Tennessee her home for the past six years. A 2014 graduate of Milligan College in the mountains of northeast Tennessee, Kate received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Photography. Favorite stage management credits while at Milligan College include A Midsummer Night’s Dream, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, And Then There Were None, The Odyssey, and Godspell. After graduating, Kate went on to work in the field of social work until the fall of 2015 when she attended East Tennessee State University to gain a degree in Theatre with an emphasis in Theatre Production. Kate assistant stage managed Race and was an assistant lighting designer and stage manager for The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail during her year at ETSU. Kate would like to thank the Serenbe Staff for this incredible opportunity, as well as her family and friends for their continued support.
JD Myers (Acting Apprentice) is very excited to be a part of the Serenbe Playhouse family. JD is a graduate of the Department of Theatre and Dance at Samford University. His favorite performing credits include Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, On the Town, Jane Eyre: The Musical, and The Pirates of Penzance. He had the good fortune to work as director on amazing projects like Red by John Logan, Agnes of God, Assistance, A Miscast Cabaret, and Chekhov’s The Bear. He was also the director and founder of Samford’s Experimental Theatre Ensemble and their original work Fearless. JD’s first experiences in performing were singing in choirs and musicals at the church where his dad was a pastor. He discovered very quickly that the performing arts were where he belonged, so he continued performing throughout high school and college and became more at home in the theatre than anywhere else. He has dreams of one day running his own theatre company dedicated to innovation and the creation of bold new theatrical experiences. An avid speed eater, JD has taken on some of the nation’s most outrageous food challenges and immerged victorious more times than not. When he’s not working on stage or furthering his passion for food, he enjoys roller-blading, obsessing over Virginia Tech football, impersonating Captain America, and breaking down social barriers. Thanks to his family and friends for instilling in him a love for God and always supporting him. Stories Change Lives. All glory to God! Philippians 1:21