Apprentice Company

2017-2018 Apprentice Company

Brady Dunn (Acting Apprentice) is a recent graduate from West Liberty University (WV) with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused toward music and theatre, and he couldn’t be more excited about joining Serenbe’s Apprentice Company. Ever since he performed the role of Winthrop Paroo in The Music Man when he was nine years old, he has been addicted to the stage, and has dedicated over half his life to the art of performing and storytelling. Every role has affected his life in a different way, but some of the most impactful include Horton the Elephant in Seussical, Albert Einstein in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Otto in Spring Awakening, and a Kit Kat Boy in Cabaret. He has recently dabbled in the technical side of theatre, having sound designed four mainstage shows during his junior and senior year. He loves listening to and composing music, and is obsessed with filmmakers such as Stanley Kubrick and Quentin Tarantino. Brady is intrigued and fascinated by the surreal, with some of his favorite TV shows including “Twin Peaks” and “Stranger Things.” He would like to thank his fiancé Sarah Lemley for providing him with constant love and compassion. He also wants to thank his incredible parents, who are ready to make several road trips from West Virginia to Georgia. Lastly, he would like to thank Serenbe Playhouse for providing him with the outstanding opportunity to begin his professional career with them. 

 

Kendra Johnson (Acting Apprentice) is very honored and ecstatic to be working at the Serenbe Playhouse as a 2017-2018 apprentice. She first became interested in the performing arts when she was an acting volunteer for a nonprofit organization in Birmingham Alabama called JCCEO (Jefferson County Community for Economic Opportunity). She was cast as a lead in a show called Lilyvine written by an up and coming New York playwright Mfoniso Udofia. The show was a part of a program that JCCEO had created to reach out into low income communities and expose them to the arts.  That experience of inspiring others through that program influenced her decision to further her education in college with a concentration in the arts. She has recently graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre. During her time at Montevallo she had the pleasure of performing in her BFA Senior showcase and playing the roles of Heather Chandler in Heathers the Musical, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Kit Kat Klub Girl in Cabaret, Ensemble/Ilse Understudy in Spring Awakening, Ex-girlfriend in High Fidelity, A Player in Comedy of Errors, and Milky White in Into the Woods. Outside of theatre Kendra enjoys swimming, playing with animals, and bowling. She would like to thank Brian Clowdus and Jennifer Acker for giving her the tremendous opportunity here at Serenbe. She would also like to thank her friends, her boyfriend Bryan and her parents for their constant love and support.

 

Lee Anne Meeks (Technical Theatre Apprentice, Lighting Emphasis) considers herself a theatermaker above all else. Having recently graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in Drama, she is excited to work with all the brilliant theatremakers at Serenbe Playhouse. Unable to choose only one aspect of theatre, Lee Anne has dipped her toes in all sorts of roles, playing with design, direction, and performance. The toe-dipping has led to a full plunge into the world of theatre with a refusal to swim toward a specific discipline. Some favorite credits at Vassar College include: Dead Fish, Ma Fish (devised – collaborator/performer), The Secretaries (director), Bare: A Pop Opera (lighting designer), The Fall of Boy (devised – lighting designer), Hedda (devised – director, writer, lighting/sound designer), 4.48 Psychosis (lighting designer), Sleeping Beauty (devised – lighting designer), The Cherry Orchard (lighting designer), Cabaret (dramaturg), and Violet (dramaturg). Additionally, in early 2017, Lee Anne worked as the assistant set designer to Stephen Jones for Guards at the Taj at Capital Stage in Sacramento. Furthermore, she intends to expand the skills in which she has less experience, such as using her free time to focus on playwriting. Lee Anne hopes her experience at Serenbe Playhouse will help her achieve her goal of becoming a theatremaker who can connect with an audience both emotionally and politically. Theatre is a tool for change, for progress.

 

Jordan Patrick (Acting Apprentice) hails from the far away land of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his B.A. degree in Theatre Performance at Carthage College in May. Jordan has worked with several professional theatre companies including, Northern Sky in Door County, WI,  First Stage Theatre in Milwaukee, WI and The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre. His favorite credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), Daddy Long Legs (Jervis), Stage Kiss (He), Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom), Young Frankenstein (Inspector Kemp), and A Christmas Carol (Peter Cratchit). During his college career Jordan traveled to the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland with the premiere of No Name (George Bartrum), toured Seussical (Wickersham Brother) and Life Love and other Nonsense (Ensemble) in Eastern China, and also performed a new work, Breath of Stars (Prospero) in the Crisis Art Festival in Arezzo, Italy. Jordan also served as a TA for an Acting and English workshop at the Beijing Dance Academy. Improvisational Comedy is one of Jordan’s favorite things.  He has been doing Improv since grade school, and was President of his college Improv Troupe. In his spare time he loves to rock climb, travel and write. Jordan would like to send a huge thanks to all at Serenbe Playhouse for this wonderful opportunity, and he can’t wait to share the stage with a group of such talented artists. He would also like to thank his family for their love and undying support, as well his dear friends, the Good old Boys.

 

Casey Shuler (Acting Apprentice) is elated to be a part of the Serenbe 2017-2018 Acting Apprentice company. A Louisville, Kentucky native, Casey recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with her B.A. in Theatre Performance and a certificate in Musical Theatre. Her UK credits include Marianne Dashwood in Sense and Sensibility, Olive Ostrovsky in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Chloe in Good Kids, Liat in South Pacific, The Caterpillar in Alice in Wonderland, and Ti Moune in Once on this Island. Over the summer of 2016, she could be seen as an entertainer for Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari in Santa Claus, Indiana. She was also a featured soloist in The Lex’s “Concert with the Stars” in Lexington, Kentucky, and was a soloist in The University of Kentucky Opera Theatre’s performance of “A Grand Night for Singing.” She would like to thank God for His grace and guidance that has brought her to this place. Without Him, none of this would be possible. She would also like to thank her beautiful and loving family and friends who have supported her in her every endeavor. SDG

 

Kenny Tran (Acting Apprentice) hails from Kansas City, MO. He recently obtained his BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Professional credits include Spamalot (Lancelot), Joseph… Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh/Nepthali), and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (Ensemble) at Thunder Bay Theatre. Favorite credits from IWU include the opportunity to work with Evan Kasrprzak (So You Think You Can Dance?) on the Midwest Premiere of Giant (Angel Jr/Sr), The Boys from Syracuse (Dromio of Ephesus), the midwest premiere of Where in the World is Frank Sparrow? (Frank Sparrow), and Momentum: Faculty Choreographed Dance Concert (Dancer) with many choreographers but also Jessica Dear of Chicago Crash Dance. He has also had the pleasure of writing and performing his own cabaret entitled Nothing to Prove in which he shares stories about childhood technological mishaps, being terrible at flirting, among other embarrassing stories that really shouldn’t be shared in daily encounters. Kenny enjoys playing tennis, movies, and asking large philosophical questions in casual conversation. He also considers himself an amateur Yelp! reviewer. “Thanks to my new and old friends alike. Don’t stop ’til you’re on top!” www.kennyctran.com

 

Donna Warfield (Stage Management Apprentice) is from Ogden, Utah and graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 2016 with her B.A. in Theatre.  Donna is primarily a stage manager, but also had the pleasure of acting, directing, and working in costumes while at Cornell.   Her favorite stage management experiences at Cornell include The Elephant Man, Machinal, and The Glass Menagerie which was a co-production with Riverside Theatre in Iowa City.  As a performer at Cornell, her credits include The Pillowman, The Flies, and countless poetry readings at open mics.  Donna was the collaborative costume assistant for an original devised production, Those That Fall.  Additionally, she was heavily involved in Cornell’s Student Theatre Council, serving one year as treasurer and one year as general director.  It was through Student Theatre Council that Donna directed tick, tick… BOOM! during her final semester at Cornell, which was a dream come true.  Outside of school, Donna served as stage manager for Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera and spent a beautiful summer as a stage management fellow at Creede Repertory Theatre in Creede, Colorado.  While in Creede, Donna worked on various shows throughout the season including The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.  Donna would like to thank everyone at Serenbe Playhouse for giving her this incredible opportunity.  She would also like to thank her wonderful friends, her supportive partner, her two older brothers who inspired her to pursue theatre, and her incredible mom.

 

Madison Welch (Acting Apprentice) is a graduate of Stephens College with a B.F.A in Theatre Arts: Acting Emphasis. With Stephens being a women’s college, Madison found a deep resonance with feminism and inclusion. While at Stephens, she found a deep love for Shakespeare and the Classics, as well as social activism, and how theatre can be used as a tool for meaningful conversation. Originally from Kansas City, Madison spent last summer at the Okoboji Summer Theatre where she was seen in Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Nancy), You Can’t Take It With You (Alice), and The Sound of Music (Liesl). Some of her other credits include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Antigone (Ismene), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena). Madison is thrilled to be doing what she loves every day and to begin her professional career with Serenbe Playhouse alongside her fellow apprentices. She would like to thank all of her mentors, friends, family, and especially her mother, for supporting her in all of her artistic endeavors.