DALLAS SHOW CAST & CREW BIOS
Division Avenue played November 22 - December 15, 2013, and was presented by the
Contemporary Theatre of Dallas.

 

Efraim: Jake Buchanan

This is Jake's second CTD production. His first was Angels Fall as Salvatore Zappala (Zappy). Jake's other works include Cleomines in The Winter's Tale at Shakespeare Dallas, Teddy U/S in Black Tie at WaterTower, and Lucentio et al in The Taming of the Shrew at Stage West. Education: Jake graduated from OU with his BFA in Acting. He came to Dallas a year ago and couldn't love it more!

 

Sarah: Marianne Galloway

Marianne is honored and so grateful to be part of the journey of Division Avenue with this incredible group of people. She most recently appeared at CTD as Sarah in Children of A Lesser God, for which she received a 2013 DFW Critics Forum Award and was a Dallas Observer Readers Choice Nominee for Best Actress. Also at CTD: Izzy in Rabbit Hole (2010 DFW Critics Forum Award), Eunice in A Streetcar Named Desire, and Meg in Crimes of the Heart, and directed Shadowlands, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Sisters Rosensweig. Locally, she has directed and acted for WaterTower Theater, Shakespeare Dallas, Theatre Three, Dallas Children's Theater, Uptown Players, Echo Theater, Second Thought Theatre, Kitchen Dog,  One Thirty Productions, Theatre Quorum, OhLook, Theatre Coppell, and the Festival of Independent Theaters. Nationally, she served as the Assistant Director on the DeafWest/Pasadena Playhouse world premiere co-production of Stephen Sach's Open Window, and directed Off-Broadway at the historic Cherry Lane Theater in New York in partnership with the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, of which she is a member. She is the Founding Artistic Director of Dallas' Risk Theater Initiative, where she directed such productions as Waiting for Godot, Slaughterhouse-5, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Angels in America, and Marisol. She is a Member of Directors LabWest, and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. She holds her Bachelors from University of Florida and a diploma from Manhattan School of Music. Her favorite job is that of  Chief Operating Officer of Galloway, Inc...where her duties include meeting the ever-whimsical demands of a certain 2-year-old CEO named Zoe (in partnership with her beloved and ever-patient husband, Steve).

 

 

Pete: Ian Ferguson

Regional Theatre: Autolycus, The Winter's Tale; Antonio, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas); Kendall Logan, Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre); Bearjest, The Lucky Chance (Echo Theatre); Louis XVII, On The Eve (Spacegrove Productions); Morris, Present Laughter, Stan Willis, The Farnsworth Invention (Theatre 3); Brendan, The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Water Tower Theatre); Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest (Stolen Shakespeare Guild)

Film: Guy, Dots (Opticon Films NYC); Creator, Apt. 1018 (Maroon Productions)
Education: Ian studied Theatre performance at West Texas A&M University and is an Equity Membership Candidate.

 

Gita: Nancy Sherrard*

Nancy received her theatrical training at University of Oklahoma, The National Theater of London and has studied Meisner Technique with Terry Martin. Theater credits include Mag in The Beauty Queen of Leenane at Kitchen Dog Theater, Mattie Fae Aiken in August :Osage County, The Receptionist as Beverly and Doubt, A Parable as Sister Aloysuis at Watertower Theater, Sonia Feldman in Something Intangible at Circle Theater Ms. Sherrard voices characters for Funimation Studio, and has recently completed work on the Independent Feature films Of Mice and Mary as Badette, The Tribe of Misfits as Miss Nancy and Martyoska as Katherine. Awards include: Best Performance by an Actress, Critical Rant and Rave 2012; Mattie Fae in August: Osage County, Watertower; Theater and Best Performance by an Actress, FW Weekly Best Of 2011, Sonia Feldman in Something Intangible, Circle Theater.

* appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Moishe: Ben Westfried

Over the past forty years, Ben Westfried has had his hand in many aspects of theater, from acting to stage management, to playwriting, to directing to publicity. For twenty-five of those years he called the award-winning Repertory Theatre of New Britain, Connecticut his home. Here in Texas, he was featured at the Garland Civic Theater where he played Captain Peacock in the delightful British TV comedy Are You Being Served? as the Southern swindler Foxhall in The Beverly Hillbillies, as Police Inspector LeDoux in Phantom, and the father in Come Blow Your Horn, for which he was nominated for a Column Award. He portrayed Fagin in Richardson Theatre Centre's production of Oliver!, Selsdon in Noises Off! and most recently as Dads in A Nice Family Gathering and in Neil Simon's God's Favorite. At Frisco Community Theatre Ben appeared in About Noah, and played Al Lewis in the critically acclaimed Sunshine Boys.

Ben has acted professionally in commercials and movies and learned stage management at the Theatre Upstairs at the Royal Court in London, England. He also plays clarinet with the Frisco Community Band. The father of two grown sons, Ben is a retired school-teacher. He is grateful to Pilar, his wife of 40 years, for her forbearance and sacrifice, enabling him to pursue his passion for theater, even when it conflicts with her passion for shopping.

 

Lt. Bishara: Edward Tremain

Edward is excited to be making his debut with Contemporary Theater of Dallas. His has most recently been seen at Mainstage Irving Las Colinas as Carl/Bells Are Ringing, and Joe Farkas/The Last Night of Ballyhoo. He has also appeared in productions at Collin College including Sam/Refuge, Tateh/Ragtime in Concert!, as well as at Garland Summer Musicals as Tumblebrutus/Cats.

Directed by: Dean Nolen*

Dean Nolen, Assistant Professor of Theatre and Artistic Director of University Theatre, received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Acting from Yale University where he was honored as a Constance Welch Scholar, and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre and Music from Hardin-Simmons University. An award-winning actor, Mr. Nolen has originated roles in over a dozen new plays and musicals from Broadway, where he co-starred as Harry Bright in the original Broadway cast of the smash hit MAMMA MIA! to off-Broadway where he created the roles of Terence in Theresa Rebeck and Alexandra Gersten-Vasillaros' critically-acclaimed Pulitzer-Prize finalist OMNIUM GATHERUM, as well as the role of Jeffrey in Rob Ackerman's TABLETOP, for which he received a 2001 Drama Desk Award. His other New York credits include performances at Manhattan Theatre Club, The Working Theatre and Naked Angels Theatre Company as well as some of our nation's most prominent regional theatres including Yale Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Geva Theatre, The Wilma Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Lyric Stage, Shakespeare Theatre, D.C., Virginia Stage Company, TheaterWorks, New Stage Theatre, Actors Theatre of Dallas, Theatre Three among others. In June, Nolen appeared in the NY premiere of Birds on a Wire for VOICETheatre at the Drilling Company.

Internationally, Mr. Nolen traveled in 1999 to St. Petersburg, Russia where he joined in a collaboration between graduate students from Yale School of Drama and the St. Petersburg Academy of Theatre Arts, led by David Chambers and Nikolai Pesochinsky, respectively, in a reconstruction of Meyerhold's 1926 version of Gogol's REVIZOR (THE INSPECTOR GENERAL), which was ultimately performed at the International Theatre Festival in Amsterdam, Holland. On television, Mr. Nolen guest-starred as Dan Enright opposite Sam Waterston on "Law & Order;" as Philip Montrose opposite Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni on "Law & Order: SVU;" and as Nigel Hammaker opposite James LeGros and Margo Martindale on "Mercy." Other television appearances include "Fling" (pilot), "Crossing Jordan," "Criminal Intent," "All My Children" as well as a performance as Harry Bright for the 2001 Tony Awards as a member of the original Broadway cast of MAMMA MIA!

As a director, Nolen's work includes world premiere of Division Avenue at the Abingdon Theatre Complex's June Havoc Theatre in NYC; productions of Yasmina Reza's GOD OF CARNAGE, Shakespeare's TWELFTH NIGHT (Or What You Will), Wilder's OUR TOWN, Horton Foote's THE ROADS TO HOME, Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's HELLO, and DOLLY! and the World Premiere of Shauna Kanter's BIRDS ON A WIRE in both the United States as well as the International Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland. In March, Nolen directed Country Music icon Larry Gatlin and co-wrote the book of Gatlin's original musical TEXAS FLYER.

Prior to HSU, Mr. Nolen taught Acting at Eastern Connecticut State University and has conducted theatre workshops at Wilkes University and Old Dominion University as well as teaching privately while maintaining a professional career as an actor and singer. Also an accomplished writer, he will begin work on the 8th Edition of "The Film Encyclopedia," published by HarperCollins. He has trained under Earle Gister, Evan Yionoulis, Wesley Fata, Walton Wilson, Barbara Somerville, David Chambers, Dr. Patricia McAdams, Dr. Jaynne Middleton and Larry Wheeler.

Mr. Nolen served as Producer on the documentary film "None Less Than Heroes: The Honor Flight Story," which chronicles the journey of World War II veterans traveling free of charge to Washington, D.C., to experience the memorial built in their honor. The film, narrated by Oscar-nominee Gary Sinise, is making the rounds on the film festival circuit after being completed in summer 2011.

Mr. Nolen is a member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), A.F.T.R.A., Texas Educational Theatre Association (TETA), Theatre Communications Group (TCG), Tau Alpha Phi and Alpha Psi Omega and is proud to be a recipient of Hardin-Simmons University's 2006 Outstanding Young Alumni Award.

* appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

Playwright: Miki Bone

Playwright, Miki Bone has worked in professional and educational theatre for over 29 years and has earned degrees and certificates in theatre, acting and education from Texas A&M University; Southern Methodist University; and the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain. In March, she traveled to Los Angeles to direct a film short entitled: Expecting. She is currently working on a graduate degree in Humanities with an emphasis in Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Ms. Bone's professional producing and directing endeavors have been funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA and The 500 Inc. including: Close Ties; Talking With; Sweet Sue; A Texas Romance; and night, Mother. Bone has also produced Foxfire for Actor's Theatre of Austin at the Live Oak Theatre and Close Ties by at Hyde Park Theatre in Austin. In Dallas, she has produced the following productions for Actor's Theatre of Dallas: School for Scandal; Fallen Angels; Camille; Crossing Delancey; and The Immigrant.

Bone has appeared onstage with Austin Shakespeare Festival, Hyde Park Theatre, Austin 5th Street Theatre, Live Oak Theatre and the Paramount in Austin, Texas. In the Dallas–Ft. Worth area, she has appeared with Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Dallas Theatre Center, Pegasus Theatre, and Stage West.

In Educational theatre, Bone has worked with many students at Ursuline and Jesuit in Dallas and has taught and directed many working theatre professionals in Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Educational directing highlights at Ursuline/Jesuit include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Faith County, Our Hearts Were Young & Gay, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Charlotte's Web, School House Rock, Seussical, Children's Letters To God, Learned Ladies, Psycho Beach Party, Alice in Wonderland, Little Princess, Eleemosynary, Number The Stars, and Rumors.

A walk taken with her husband, Tom, in Brooklyn, inspired Division Avenue. A singular moment was captured in a photograph, re-contextualized in a painting, and through a series of graduate courses taught by visual artists John Pomara, Greg Metz and theatre artist and performer Fred Curchack, it has now become a creative performance.

She's extremely thankful for the support of Jill Parker Jones, Dean Nolen, David Oglesby, David Myers, Michelle Weilert, Kris Noteboom, Monalisa Amidar, Michael Jenkins and Tom Melsheimer who read (and re-read) many rewrites. She is indebted to her wonderful mentor and professor, Fred Curchack, who allowed her to develop and workshop Division Avenue at UT Dallas and the marketing and publicity efforts of Mike Androvett, Barry Pound and Erin Dooley at Androvette Media and Lynn Metrik for their Marketing and Publicity efforts in NYC, and certainly Sue Loncar and her amazing team: Emily, Alison and Zoe for giving this show an opportunity to be seen in Dallas. Finally, she is especially thankful for the encouragement of her three incredible children, extended family and friends, and her biggest cheerleader, editor and husband of 30 years, Tom Melsheimer.

It marks the fourth of Bone's plays to be produced. After traveling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Dean Nolen to present Birds on A Wire in the summer of 2012, Bone decided to start submitting her play. Division Avenue premiered at the Midtown International Theatre Festival July 15 – August 4, 2012 at the Abingdon Theatre Complex – June Havoc Theatre in NYC. On September 30th, the show swept the MITF 2013 Awards walking away with 9 top honors among the 62 productions featured in the festival: Best Play, Best Production, Best Direction, Best Leading Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Lead Actor, Best Ensemble, Best Sound Design and Best Marketing/Publicity.

Producing Artistic Director: Sue Loncar

Sue first appeared at CTD in the 2002 production of Love Letters, most recently as Marion in Angels Fall, Norma in Plaza Suite. Other CTD performances include The Blue Moon Dancing, Steel Magnolias, Rabbit Hole, Chapter Two, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, On Golden Pond, The Oldest Living Graduate, Marvin's Room, Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander (DFW Theatre Critics' Forum Award), The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Laundry and Bourbon, Stanton's Garage, The Women (DFW Theatre Critics' Award, ensemble), The Miss Firecracker Contest, The Dinner Party, Far East, Steel Magnolias, The Life and Times of Tulsa Lovechild, Close Ties, and A Girl's Guide to Chaos. Sue designed costumes for Lone Star/Laundry and Bourbon (Leon Rabin Award nomination), Dinner Party, Girls Guide to Chaos, and Parallel Lives. She is represented by the Horne Agency.  Sue would like to thank her husband Brian and their six children for their love and support.

 

Production Stage Manager: Zoelyn Copeland

Zoelyn received her Bachelor of Science in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville in 2011 and is thrilled to be home in Dallas, living the dream. In Evansville, she assistant directed A Midsummer Night's Dream for the 70@70 celebration and stage managed Howard Zinn's Emma, the largest student-directed production to ever be produced. Locally, she has stage managed and assistant directed for Rover Dramawerks. At CTD Zoelyn worked as assistant stage manager Crimes of the Heart, Mrs. California, Plaza Suite, and Angels Fall, and stage manager for Children of a Lesser God. She is thrilled to be taking over for her mentor, Lindsay Dyer, as resident production manager here at CTD.

 

Assistant Stage Manager: Bonnie Hanvey

Bonnie is thrilled to be working on this very talented team of theatre artists. Bonnie holds a degree in Theatre from Texas Christian University and recently completed a year-long Production Apprenticeship at Theatre Three. Some favorite stage management credits include: Crazy For You and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Theatre Three, Dallas; Julius Caesar and The Taming of the Shrew, Trinity Shakespeare Festival , Fort Worth; and Seussical the Musical, Theatre TCU, Fort Worth. She would like to thank her family, friends, and God for the endless amount of support and encouragement as she pursues her passion. Matthew 17:20.

 

Box Office Manager: Alison Baxter

Alison is delighted to be part of the Contemporary Theatre company. She graduated from Hardin-Simmons University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Business. Prior to becoming CTD Box Office Manager, Alison served an internship with the Dallas Theater Center focusing on marketing and customer service. She would like to thank her family and friends for their continuous support. "Livin' the dream!"

 

 

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