June 2 – August 13, 2017
Original Tale by Howard Pyle
A New Adaptation by Rachel Teagle
No tale could be more suited for REBELLION than that of Robin Hood, the story of a renegade knight who abandons his life of comfort for that of an outlaw. But Robin Hood’s defection is not in the name of recklessness — he’s a man of the people who steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Alongside his band of Merry Men, our hero also chases romance with the lovely Maid Marian. In this new adaptation by Serenbe collaborator Rachel Teagle and under the direction of Broadway’s Paul McGill, characters will fly through Serenbe’s magnificent forest on a zip line, redistributing wealth as they go!
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Brady Dunn (Little John) is a recent graduate from West Liberty University (WV) with an Interdisciplinary Studies degree focused toward music and theatre. He couldn’t be more excited about joining the 2017-18 Apprentice Company. Credits: The Music Man (Winthrop Paroo), Seussical (Horton the Elephant), Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Albert Einstein), Spring Awakening (Otto), and Cabaret. He would like to thank his fiancé Sarah Lemley for her undying love and support, as well as his wonderful parents.
Kendra Johnson (Scarlet Will) is very honored and ecstatic to be a part of the 2017-18 Apprentice Company. She has recently graduated from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor of fine arts degree in musical theatre. Credits: Lilyvine, Heathers The Musical (Heather Chandler), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Magenta), Cabaret, and Spring Awakening. She would like to thank her friends, her boyfriend Bryan and her parents for their constant love and support.
Jordan Patrick (Robin Hood) hails from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is so excited to be joining the 2017-18 Apprentice Company. He received his B.A. degree in Theatre Performance at Carthage College. Some of his favorite credits include: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Chairman), Daddy Long Legs (Jervis), Stage Kiss (He), and Midsummer Night’s Dream (Bottom). 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 (Maid Marian) is elated to be a part of the 2017-18 Apprentice Company. A Louisville, Kentucky native, Casey just graduated with her B.A. in Theatre performance from the University of Kentucky. Credits: Sense and Sensibility (Marianne Dashwood), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive Ostrovsky), Good Kids (Chloe), South Pacific (Liat), Alice in Wonderland (The Caterpillar), and Once on this Island (Ti Moune). SDG
Kenny Tran (Sheriff of Nottingham) is an actor from Kansas City, MO. He recently obtained his BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Credits: Spamalot (Lancelot) and Joseph… Technicolor Dreamcoat (Pharaoh/Nepthali) at Thunder Bay Theatre. Favorite credits from IWU: Giant (Angel Jr/Sr), The Boys from Syracuse (Dromio of Ephesus), and Where… is Frank Sparrow? (Frank Sparrow). “Thanks to my new and old friends alike. Don’t stop ’til you’re on top!” www.kennyctran.com
Madison Welch (Captain of the Guard) originally from Kansas City, Madison is a graduate of Stephens College with a B.F.A in Theatre Arts: Acting Emphasis. Credits: Fancy Nancy: The Musical (Nancy), You Can’t Take It With You (Alice), The Sound of Music (Liesl), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia), Antigone (Ismene), and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Helena). Madison is thrilled to begin her professional career with Serenbe Playhouse and she would like to thank her friends, family, and mentors for their continued support.
Paul McGill (Director) was raised in Pittsburgh, PA. At 17, he made his Broadway debut in La Cage aux Folles (2004). Broadway Credits: A Chorus Line, Memphis, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and Bullets Over Broadway. TV Credits: NBC’s “Smash”, Nickelodeon’s “Victorious”, as well as numerous talk shows and award shows. Film Credits: Man On Wire, House Hunting, and MGM’s remake of Fame (Kevin). Choreography Credits: Filament (World Premier, Short Round Productions); Hedwig and the Angry Inch (First National Tour); The Legend of Georgia McBride (MCC Theatre, Geffen Playhouse – Astaire Award for Outstanding Choreography & Lortel Nomination); Steve; and School for Scandal. Paul trained Laverne Cox for Rocky Horror Picture Show on FOX. He wants to thank Brian Clowdus, the Serenbe Playhouse, and the community of Serenbe for letting him realize this production. www.paulmcgill.org
John Burke (Original Music, Composer) is a Grammy® nominated pianist and composer with a prolific musical career and overwhelming charisma. A native of Atlanta, GA, Burke studied Spanish and music at Oglethorpe University. Since 2011, John has composed six acclaimed piano albums. Burke’s latest album, Orogen, was nominated for Best New Age Album for the 59th Annual Grammy® Awards. Burke has also composed scores for film and stage, including Serenbe Playhouse’s 2015 production of A Streetcar Named Desire.
Christen Orr (Fight Choreographer) is an Atlanta native with a background in film/TV, musical theatre, theatre for young audiences, stunt work and stage combat. Christen holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Valdosta State University. She has worked in and around Atlanta including Fabrefaction Theatre Conservatory, 7 Stages, Actor’s Express, Serenbe Playhouse, Aurora Theatre, The Weird Sisters Theatre Project, The Collective Project, Essential Theatre Festival. Film/TV: Confirmation (HBO), The Cell (Stephen King), Coma (A&E), The Unwanted (ATLFF), Premature (SXSW). Other choreography credits: Emory University, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, Norcross High School, Shiloh High School, Grayson High School, Parkview High School, 7 Stages Youth Creates, Camp Serenbe 2011, and Pace Academy.
Matt Bass (Fight Choreographer) has been choreographing fights here in Atlanta for four years now. He received his training from Fight Master Mark Guinn at his Alma Mater, Louisiana Tech University. Some of his credits include Robin Hood at Birmingham Children’s Theatre, 39 Steps at Stagedoor Players, A Few Good Men at Act Three Productions, and American Patriots at Snowcamp Outdoor Drama.
Scott Sargent (Scenic Design) is excited to be making his debut at Serenbe Playhouse. A graduate of the Ga Tech School of Architecture, Scott has designed and built scenery for many Atlanta theaters, including DramaTech, the Alliance and Georgia Ensemble Theatre. He has received Best Set Design awards from a number of theaters, as well as nod from Creative Loafing’s Best Of series and a Best Set Design nomination from the Shuler Hensley Awards. Scott is the Technical Director and Resident Designer at the Pace Fine Arts Center. He’d like to send a shout out to his son who was a huge help on this show and special congrats for making it to 18! Happy Birthday!
DeeDee Chmielewski (Costume Design) is an Atlanta based costume designer as well as dancer, choreographer, acrobat, circus artist, and musician. She started sewing at the age of 7 years old, and on moved to pursue costume design at Valdosta State University while working on her dance degree and starring in theater productions. Currently, she has been costuming for 7 Stages for the past seven plus years, and in 2016 won a Suzi Bass award for the Best Costume Design for a production of Lauren Gunderson’s The Revolutionist. She is proud to be joining us here at Serenbe for our Adaptation of Robin Hood.
Stephanie Polhemus (Properties Design) is happy to be back at Serenbe this summer. Previous props designs include: Miss Saigon, Charlotte’s Web, Of Mice & Men, Evita (Serenbe Playhouse); Godspell (Stage Door); The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Atlanta Lyric Theatre). She was also the props manager at The Williamstown Theatre Festival for three seasons and is a scenic designer with a BA from the University of West Georgia and an MFA from the University of Illinois.
Joel Coady (Production Manager) is an actor, producer, designer, and director. When not at Serenbe he is the Technical Director at The Atlanta Jewish Academy. He moved to Atlanta in 2012. Since then he has designed shows at The Alliance, Serenbe Playhouse, Catalyst, 7 Stages, Aurora Theatre, The Goat Farm, The Atlanta Jewish Academy, Pace Academy, Georgia Perimeter College, and The Weird Sister’s Theatre Project. Joel recently designed the Suzi nominated show Trestle at Pope Lick Creek with Catalyst.
Joe Meadows (Technical Director) Joe is an Atlanta based technician specializing in carpentry, welding, electrics, and rigging. He has worked at many professional theatrical production companies some of which include: Theatrical Outfit, Aurora Theatre, Gypsy Theatre Company, Horizon Theatre, I.A.T.S.E. stagehands union local 824, Atlanta Lyric, and Full Circle Lighting. After serving as Associate Technical director for the Serenbe Play house production of “Grease” he is very proud to return as Technical Director for “Robin Hood” and looks forward to many more shows at Serenbe!
Kellsey Hook (Rehearsal Stage Manager) is so excited to be returning to Serenbe Playhouse for their 2017 Season of Rebellion. Previous credits with them include Art and The Sleepy Hollow Experience. You can also (not) see her behind the scenes of the upcoming Macbeth. She has worked previously with The Atlanta Shakespeare Company, 7 Stage Theatre, The Seedling Project, The Fern Theatre, and Fabrefaction. Her undying gratitude goes out to the cast, crew, and audience for helping keep Atlanta’s theatre scene vibrant.
Donna Warfield (Performance Stage Manager/Tour Manager) is from Utah and graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa in 2016 with her B.A. in Theatre. Her favorite Cornell credits include Machinal, The Pillowman, and tick, tick… BOOM! She also served as stage manager for Man of La Mancha with Cedar Rapids Opera and was a stage management fellow at Creede Repertory Theatre. Donna would like to thank everyone at Serenbe Playhouse for giving her this opportunity.
Lee Anne Meeks (Tech/Tour ASM) having recently graduated from Vassar College with an A.B. in Drama, she is excited to be joining the Serenbe Playhouse 2017-18 Apprentice Company. Credits: Dead Fish, Ma Fish (collaborator/performer), The Secretaries (director), Bare: A Pop Opera (lighting designer), The Fall of Boy (lighting designer), Hedda (director, writer, lighting/sound designer), 4.48 Psychosis (lighting designer), Sleeping Beauty (lighting designer), The Cherry Orchard (lighting designer), Cabaret (dramaturg), and Violet (dramaturg). 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.