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Kyle Acheson: 2010
Kyle is heading west to Portland, OR to make his way as an actor in that crazy and beautiful town. He graduated magna cum laude from Webster University in St. Louis. His wheelhouse is physical theatre, movement, mime, and music.

 


Isaac Bush: 2006
Isaac has headlined numerous shows in NYC including Much Ado About Nothing, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Melodrama Play, Suicide in B Flat, Twelfth Night, Award-Winning Entry, Sex Relationships and Sometimes Love as well as directing several productions including two of his original pieces: Flash Flash Bang Boom, Gaps for the Circle Theater of New York.  Isaac serves as one of the founders and Artistic Director of CTNY which is based at the Brooklyn Lyceum in NYC.  A graduate from Hope College '09 and the British-American Drama Academy, he will be attending RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) in the fall to attain his Master's Degree in Acting.  www.isaac-bush.com

Keith B Coultas: 1983
Keith is currently the Assistant Wardrobe Supervisor of The Lion King (Gazelle Co.), first national tour since 2009. He was the Head Wardrobe Supervisor of The Lion King, (Gazelle Co.), first national tour 2003-2009. Keith worked as a Dresser in NYC on The Lion King, Urinetown, Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, and atThe Metropolitan Opera. He was also the Wardrobe Supervisor on National Tours:  Cinderella, Showboat, Brigadoon, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Carousel, Zorba, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. He was also the Production Wardrobe Supervisor at Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater (1999, 2000, 2012).

Tim Dunigan: 1977
Tim graduated from the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in 1979. After that he went to NYC and CBS signed him to a development deal that sent him to Hollywood, where he stayed for most of his acting career. Tim went on to do many shows on TV: Cheers, Murder She Wrote, Mr. Smith, The Paper Chase, The Fall Guy, and many more. Tim’s biggest reward was playing Davy Crockett for Disney when they remade the series in 1988, and playing Jonathan Power in the syndicated show Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future. It was the first interactive television show, and the first to ever use computer animated characters. After a wonderful and full acting career, Tim decided to pursue business challenges after 18 years, and is now a Mortgage Banker/ Broker in Westlake Village, Ca. for the last 16 years.

Emily Ernst: 2007
Emily is a director and actor currently living in New York. She works at an Off-Broadway Shakespeare company, Theatre for a New Audience, where she recently assisted Arin Arbus on Taming of the Shrew.  As a director, her work has also been seen at the Flea Theatre, New Georges, Opera Slavica, in Hartford at the Horace Bushnell Theatre in CT, and in Baltimore at EMP Collective.

 

Renae Geerlings: 1994 & 1996
Renae moved to Los Angeles in 1996 directly following her last summer with Hope Summer Rep. There she took a small 14 year detour from acting when she got a job working in comic books at Top Cow Productions.  Eleven years later, after ascending to Editor in Chief, she decided to go to freelance editing and make a return to the world of theatre and film. With the support of her husband, actor Tyler Mane (HALLOWEEN, TROY, XMEN), she became heavily involved in the Los Angeles theatre scene and wrote her first feature film for their fledging production company, Mane Entertainment.  That film, COMPOUND FRACTURE is currently in post production and Renae is busily at work on a new web series, directing short films and writing several other features! www.maneentertainment.com

Jeanne Klein: 1980
Jeanne is currently an associate professor at the University of Kansas where she focuses on: Cognitive Psychology, Reception Studies, and K-12 Theatre. She conducted several young audience studies to explore how children make meanings of plays in performance.  These reception studies earned national awards from the American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) as well as recognition at the Netherlands Theatre Institute in Amsterdam. As a US member of ASSITEJ (TYA/USA), she has attended many international theatre festivals for young audiences across the US, as well as Canada, France, the Netherlands, Japan, Australia, Sweden, and Denmark.

Gary S. Martinez: 1979
Since appearing with HSRT in 1979, Gary S. Martinez has entered his 38th year as a working member of Actor's Equity Association appearing primarily in the Northern California Bay Area with such companies as San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, City Lights Theatre Company, Eureka Theater, the California, Marin, and San Francisco Shakespeare Festivals, San Jose Stage, Capital Stage Company, The B Street Theatre, Broadway by the Bay, BRAVA--for Women in the Arts!, and Pacific Repertory Theatre.  He worked as on-camera talent for PBS for 16 years and has appeared in the films Milk, Of Men and Angels, The Thanatos Complex, die Mekaniks, and the upcoming metaphysical thriller The Wisdom Tree.  As an arts development professional, he has raised millions of dollars in support any number of non-profit organizations throughout California.  For more information, please visit www.garysmartinez.com

Jay Oney: 1981 & 1982
Jay completed his Ph. D. at Ohio State in 1996 and is currently chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Furman University in Greenville, SC where he directs, teaches theatre history, and sometimes acts.  

 


Julie Christine Phillipps: 1992, 1993, 1994
Julie is an author/illustrator of picture books.  Her books, Wink, The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed and Wink, The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap are both published by Viking Press.  Her third book, Monkey Ono, also published by Viking, will be out March 2013.  She currently lives in West Hartford, CT with her husband and son. www.jcphillipps.com

 

Gail Rastorfer: 1993, 1995, & 2009
Gail is pursuing her career on camera and on stage in Chicago. Recently, she appeared at Louise Greene in Ten Chimneys and Annie in In The Next Room Or The Vibrator Play at the historic Cleveland Playhouse. She was also proud to be a part of TV shows such as The Chicago Code and Boss.  You also may have stumbled upon one of her many commercials since 2009 including: VIVA, INTUIT, STEAK N SHAKE and JOLLYTIME POPCORN.


Arno Selco: 1979
Arno directed Starting Here, Starting Now at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre in 1979. At that time he was a faculty member at Oberlin College and in 1983 he joined the theatre faculty at Ithaca College. He retired from Ithaca in 2008, but continues to teach there part-time.

 

Jon Sprik: 2008
Jon he graduated with an MFA from the University of Houston Professional Actor Training Program and now works as an actor in New York City.

 

 

J. Allen Suddeth: 1974, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1989
J. Allen has worked professionally for the past thirty years out of the New York area. For Broadway, he has staged fights for “Disney’s Newsies,” Gem Of The Ocean, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Angels in America Part One and Two, Loot, Saint Joan, A Small Family Business, and Hide and Seek. Off - Broadway he has worked on productions for The Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, The New Group, Theater For A New Audience, The Public Theater, BAM, Second Stage, Riverside Shakespeare, Jean Cocteau Repertory, WestBeth, the Pearl Theatre Company, and the New York Theater Workshop.  Regionally, and in LORT theater he has worked for Centerstage in Baltimore (over 70 productions), the Arena Stage and the Shakespeare Theater in Washington, D. C., as well as the Denver Center, Huntington Theatre, Papermill Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodman Theater, Actor’s Theater Of Louisville, Cincinnati Playhouse In The Park, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Northshore Music Theater, and the Big Apple Circus, among many others.  As a master teacher, Allen has been on faculty for The Juilliard School, Mason Gross School of The Arts at Rutgers University, The Lee Strasberg Institute, S.U.N.Y. Purchase, and The Stella Adler Conservatory, as well as being a frequent guest artist at major universities in the US and abroad.  For television, he has staged action sequences for over 750 programs on ABC, CBS, NBC, and HBO.  He is the author of “Fight Directing For The Theater,” published by Heinemann Press.  Allen has also taught at the National Stage Combat Workshop, currently at U.N.C.S.A., for fifteen years, and is the founder of the National Fight Directors Training Program. Allen is also a producer of The Complete Unarmed Stage Combat DVD Library. He has trained over 10,000 students, and tested many thousands more. He is ranked as one of sixteen recognized Fight Masters in the United States by The Society of American Fight Directors. He is also a “Fellow” and Life Member of the British Academy of Dramatic Combat.

Daniel Robert Sullivan: 2007
Daniel performed as Tommy DeVito in various companies of Jersey Boys after his time with HSRT.  He wrote a book about the experience: Places, Please! (Becoming a Jersey Boy).

 

 


Danny Taylor: 1998 & 1999
A proud Hope College graduate, Danny has been performing, directing, and choreographing throughout the country since graduation.  After spending the summer of 2000 with the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Danny joined The Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre intern company for a year, followed by the Hampstead Players (2 tours), St. Croix Festival Theatre, Chanhassen Dinner Theatre, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre and the Broadway Palm Theatre.  Then the theatrical opportunities of Chicago beckoned, including: Amadeus (dir. Gary Griffin), Chicago Shakespeare Theatre; MacBeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream, Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre; The Good Soul of Szechuan, Old Town and The Master and Margarita, Strawdog Theatre; Schoolhouse Rock, Live!, Parker in the Park and Main Street Kids Club, Theatrebam Chicago; Tupperware, an American Musical Fable, That Sordid Little Story, Rise of the Numberless, The New Colony; The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves......Theatrical Troupe, The Cat in the Hat (2013), Emerald City Theatre.  Danny will join the Lakeside Shakespeare Theatre productions of Hamlet and Much Ado About Nothing, Summer of 2012.  Danny also teaches with Emerald City and Lakeside Shakespeare, where he passes his love of theatre on to audiences and performers of tomorrow.

Kristin Underhill: 1994
Kristin Underhill remained active in the West Michigan arts community since her summer with HSRT.  She has worked with various theatre companies in the area and most recently acted as charge painter at the Holland Civic Theatre.  Her previous work for Holland Civic Theatre includes set designer for Little Shop of Horrors and 1940's Radio Hour.  Kristin served as Artistic Director for their production of Working and was the charge painter for Spitfire Grill, Love, Sex, and the IRS and Monster in my Closet.  She has also done scenic painting and set design for the Strike Time Dance Company and the annual Student Dance Concert at Hope College.  When not working in the theatre, her artwork has been shown at the Grand Haven Art Walk, the Holland Area Arts Council, Michigan Mud, SiTE:LAB, and most recently The Muskegon Museum of Art for their 84th Regional Exhibition.

Lee Ann Weller: 1989 & 1991
Lee Ann graduated from Southern Methodist University with a MFA in Stage Management. In the 90’s she worked mainly as a free-lance opera stage manager and then worked for 10 years as Production Manager for Dallas Summer Musicals. She is currently an Events Manager and Instructor at the University of Colorado Denver. Lee Ann loved working at HSRT and spending summers in Michigan. 

Cliff Yankovich: 1975
Since being a part of HSRT as a high school apprentice in 1975, his life and work have been intertwined with the arts on a very consistent basis. He has done voice-over work, co-owned a jingle studio, worked as a free-lance writer, and enjoyed the company of artists of every stripe and talent through the years. His current manifestation is Chimera Design. He currently owns a full-service custom design jewelry store that he and his wife, Julie Claire DeVoe, opened in a historic building ten years ago in Lowell, MI.  His motto is – “if you don’t have any talent, marry some!” Julie is the metal smith and he handles the rest of the business. They love Lowell because the arts community there is so strong. His recollections of the summer at Hope are top shelf. He was exposed to some very extraordinary people – decades later many of their names and faces come to mind easily. He has no doubt that the weeks in the company of such talent had an impact on his entire life.

 

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