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WaterTower Theatre Announces David Lozano to Direct Native Gardens

Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced the appointment of David Lozano to direct Native Gardens by Karen Zacárias.  Mr. Lozano, Executive Artistic Director of Dallas’ Cara Mía Theatre Co., will be making his directorial debut at WTT with Native Gardens

René Moreno was previously scheduled to direct Native Gardens; however, he had to withdraw for personal reasons.  Mr. Moreno expressed his regret and said, "I was very much looking forward to returning to WaterTower this season to direct Native Gardens, but alas life and scheduling got in the way.  I am very happy for my friend and colleague David Lozano to be joining the team and I wish him and WTT the very best on this production. I look forward to seeing the show!"

Mr. Lozano’s extensive resume, and commitment to telling relevant and impactful stories from a Latino perspective, made him the perfect choice to take on this production.

David said, "I’m looking forward to directing at WaterTower, and am very appreciative of Joanie for inviting me. I’ve devoted the majority of my career to creating and producing theatre for the North Texas Latino community, and I think Native Gardens is a perfect play for diverse audiences to tackle challenging issues regarding race, class, what is means to be American, or a foreigner, or even feel like a foreigner in your land. To me, this production of Native Gardens is a perfect opportunity to bridge Latinos into the mainstream North Texas community for an intense discussion on equity and inclusion in our theatres and our communities as a whole."

About Native Gardens
Gardens and cultures clash, turning friendly neighbors into feuding enemies in this funny Regional Premiere, written by Karen Zacárias, one of the most prominent Latina playwrights working today.  Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank. But a disagreement over a longstanding fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  June 2 – 25, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, June 2 and Saturday, June 3 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, June 4 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, June 5 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm June 17 and 24)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About David Lozano
David Lozano serves as the Executive Artistic Director of Cara Mía Theatre Co. and specializes in writing, directing and producing original bilingual plays for the Latino community in North Texas. Notable mainstage productions include To DIE:GO in Leaves, by Frida Kahlo (devised by Cara Mía’s artistic ensemble), Nuestra Pastorela (co-written with Jeffry Farrell), and The Dreamers: A Bloodline (devised by Cara Mía). The Dreamers: A Bloodline, the first in a trilogy on immigration, was awarded the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund in the grant's inaugural year in 2012 and was named the “Best New Play of 2013 by Local Writers” by TheaterJones. David recently co-wrote and directed Deferred Action, the second installment of the trilogy with Lee Trull for a Cara Mía co-production with the Dallas Theater Center in April 2016. Deferred Action was also the recipient of the TACA Donna Wilhelm Family New Works Fund. In 2009, David co-wrote and directed the play Crystal City 1969 with Raul Treviño which was named the “Best New Play of 2009” by The Dallas Morning News, TheaterJones and the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum. Notable children’s and educational plays written by Lozano include Searching for the Six Flags of Texas and The Wisdom of Viejo Antonio which travel to North Texas schools, Texas museums and area cultural centers. Lozano recently completed the inaugural artEquity Facilitator Training Program at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015, and currently serves as advisory member of the national Latina/o Theatre Commons' Steering Committee. In March of 2013, Lozano accompanied a delegation of 20 US theatre artists to Cuba with the Theatre Communications Group. In 2014, he was recognized by The Dallas Observer as one of six “Masterminds of Arts & Culture”. Lozano was trained by Fred Curchack from the University of Texas at Dallas, Alicia Martínez Álvarez with the Laboratorio de la Máscara in Mexico City, Jeffry Farrell at Park Cities Yoga, Joan Schirle from Dell’Arte International in Blue Lake, California, and at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. Lozano has studied with various directors and master teachers from Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, France, Senegal, Spain, and the United States.

About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz was recently appointed as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and has been serving in the position since January 1st, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

Ian Ferguson, John-Michael Marrs, Jeremy Schwartz
Ian Ferguson, John-Michael Marrs, Jeremy Schwartz
Announcing the Cast and Creative Team for THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS, AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY: DISCORD

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced casting and creative team details for the Regional Premiere of Scott Carter’s The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord, directed by Emily Scott Banks. Discord will run April 14-May 7, 2017, in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre. The cast features Ian Ferguson as Thomas Jefferson, John-Michael Marrs as Charles Dickens, and Jeremy Schwartz as Count Leo Tolstoy.

A Founding Father, a Victorian novelist, and a Russian revolutionary walk into a… stop if you’ve heard this one. Join us for a laugh-out-loud, whip-smart new comedy as Discord takes the third U.S. President, the author of A Christmas Carol, and the author of War and Peace, locks them in a room with ‘no exit,’ and has them hash out their views of scripture and the true meaning of existence.  A blistering battle of wits from Scott Carter, Executive Producer of HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, this perceptive new comedy examines what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it.

Individual tickets to Discord are on sale now, and are available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972.450.6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org. 

The creative team, in addition to Director Emily Scott Banks, includes Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Sylvia Fuhrken Marrs (Costume Designer), JoJo Percy (Lighting Designer), Kellen Voss (Sound Designer), Anne Schilling (Dialect Coach), Kyle Eric Bradford (Dramaturg), Caron Gitelman Grant (Stage Manager), and Joe Heike (Assistant Stage Manager).

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  April 14 – May 7, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, April 14 and Saturday, April 15 at 8pm
Pay What You Can: April 16 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, April 17 at 7:30pm

Performances:

Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm April 29, May 6)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours
Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director
EMILY SCOTT BANKS, Director
Emily Scott Banks is an actor & director, and has had the pleasure to make numerous adventures at WaterTower Theatre, both onstage and off. Directing credits for WaterTower include the critically acclaimed The Big Meal, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Feminine Ending; acting includes roles in Our Town, Boeing-Boeing, The Diary of Anne Frank, Enchanted April, and A Country Life, among others. Emily has won awards for her work including multiple Critics' Forum Awards for acting and direction, Best Actress of the Year nods for Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and TheaterJones. Most recently she directed the Stupid F*cking Bird and An Iliad for Stage West, where she also performed the solo show Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol to sold out houses. This past fall, she played the role of the Angel in Angels In America: Millenium Approaches for Uptown Players, where she will reprise the role for Perestroika this coming fall. Emily received her B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin, studied extensively with Shakespeare & Co. in MA, and has been a student of the Meisner Technique with Terry Martin for over a decade. Emily is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

About the Cast
IAN FERGUSON, Thomas Jefferson
Ian Ferguson is honored to be returning to work with WaterTower Theatre. Previous WaterTower credits include Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash, Honky, and The Lieutenant of Inishmore. Ian has appeared on professional stages across DFW, including: A Kid Like Jake, Bull, Booth (Second Thought Theatre); Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (Stage West); The Arsonists (Kitchen Dog Theater); On The Eve, Present Laughter, The Farnsworth Invention (Theatre Three); Romeo & Juliet, The Winter's Tale, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare Dallas); and more. In addition to theatre work, Ian is a musician playing in Dallas-based bands - Mur, and Veteran Children.

JOHN-MICHAEL MARRS, Charles Dickens
John-Michael Marrs is thrilled to return to WaterTower Theatre. Previous WaterTower credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (Stanley Stubbers) and The Explorers Club (Lucius Fretway), a co-production with Stage West in Fort Worth. Other Dallas/Fort Worth credits include Amphibian Stage Productions and Second Thought Theatre. Off-Broadway credits include the New York Classical Theatre and Ohio Theatre, as well as readings and workshops with the Public Theater, Cherry Lane Theatre, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and New World Stages. Regional credits include Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra (Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Liar, The Taming of the Shrew (Denver Center for the Performing Arts); Dracula (Pioneer Theatre Company); and two seasons with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. Film and voiceover credits include The Mystery of Matter for PBS and the Kennedy Center’s Vital Voices' Fatema Akbari Tribute. Last summer, John-Michael trained and devised work with Anne Bogart and the SITI Company in upstate New York. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival and Baylor University, and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

JEREMY SCHWARTZ, Count Leo Tolstoy
Some of Jeremy’s credits include Outside Mullingar (Watertower Theatre); The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote (Amphibian Stage Productions); Se llama CristinaDetroitThinner Than Water (Kitchen Dog Theatre); SarajevoAll He FearsThe SeagullShiner, Jonah, Brecht's Galileo (Undermain); LootHow I Learned To DriveA Christmas Carol (DTC); BullIn a Forest Dark and Deep (Second Thought); KARLA (Culture Project NYC); At WarSpeakeasy (Fire Dept. NYC); Max and the Truffle Pig (NYMTF); The VIYSingle Bullet Theory (Lightning Strikes NYC); BeachDownwinders (Clubbed Thumb NYC); and Stomp and Shout an’ Work it all Out (Babel Theatre NYC).

Select Film Credits include Staten IslandThe Education fo Charlie BanksMontclairParting Words, and Radiant. Select TV/Web credits include Board with LifeGood MedicineThe Sopranos,  Law and Order: SVURescue MeStrangers with CandyFilmfakers, and The Agency. VO Narration credits include MoonshinersAmerican Weed, Hard RidersIron Men, and American Eats. Jeremy has also done promo VO work for Comedy Central, ESPN, MSNBC, HBO, A&E, Adult Swim, FOX Sports 1, and Destination America. Animation Credits include Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F, The Vision of Escaflowne, Drifters, 91 Days, Fairy TailOne Piece Film: Z, Ghost in the ShellSpace DandySealab 2021, T.V. FunhouseDimension WEscaflowneFairy TaleHeroic Legend ofArslan, and One Piece. Video Game Work includes Battleborne, Smite, Dragon Ball: Xenoverse, Grand Theft Auto 5Star Wars: The Old RepublicWorld of Warcraft: Mists of PandariaAerofighters AssaultLost Planet 3Warhammer OnlineNocturnDominionDaikatana, and Anachronox

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre. 

Ike Holter
Ike Holter
WaterTower Theatre will Produce Ike Holter’s Groundbreaking Play Hit the Wall, Directed by Joanie Schultz

 Addison (TX) – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz today announced the Company will produce Hit the Wall, the groundbreaking Ike Holter play about the 1969 Stonewall uprisingThis production, the first to be selected and directed by Schultz, will replace the previously scheduled Sunday in the Park with George.    

Hit the Wall will open Monday, July 31 with previews Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 and a Pay-What-You-Can performance on Sunday, July 30.  The show closes Sunday, August 20.  Since Hit the Wall is a replacement for one of the regular Main Stage season subscription productions, WaterTower Theatre subscribers can simply use their current tickets for the new show on their usual night.

Single tickets to Hit the Wall, ranging in price from $20 to $40, are on sale now.  Tickets are available online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx, by phone at 972-450-6232 or by visiting the Box Office at the Addison Theatre Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, Texas 75001.

A few weeks ago an artistic opportunity presented itself when the director of Sunday in the Park with George, Terry Martin, had to withdraw from the project.  Joanie Schultz felt this was a perfect opportunity to produce a new play which deals with very topical issues in an entertaining and theatrical way. 

Hit the Wall, a multi award-winning play, which premiered in 2012 at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre, is a riveting story that brings the audience back to the very flashpoint of the infamous 1969 riot that erupted at Greenwich Village's Stonewall Inn, considered the first major battle of the modern gay-rights movement.  A group of unlikely revolutionaries are thrust onto the frontline of history during the early morning hours of June 28, 1969 when a routine police raid on a gay bar known as The Stonewall erupts into a full-scale riot that ignited one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century.  Hit the Wall focuses on the enigmatic first night of that uprising, vibrantly blending history and mythology with theatrical imagination to shine contemporary light on the legacy of Stonewall. 

Media sponsors are The Dallas Voice and The Dallas Observer.

"I’m so thrilled to be bringing Hit the Wall to the DFW community; it has had a lasting impact on me since seeing it in Chicago years ago,” explains Joanie Schultz. “And I’m proud to be directing this inspiring play as my first production at WaterTower Theatre, introducing my own artistic work to the DFW community. Ike Holter has written a play that contains everything I love about theatre: immediacy, ensemble work, diversity, and passion. Hit the Wall is a gritty, theatrical ensemble piece that captures the spirit of a movement, and has an energy that I think will inspire audiences to look not only at this event but also at what it means to be part of a movement in a different way. It asks us to look at a diverse group of people who are simply trying to fly under the radar and live their lives and see how they unintentionally become part of an event that changes history. The pride of ‘being there’ that the characters can claim also encourages us to engage and stand up for what we believe in. It’s a theatrical event that will take our audience on a journey into a world that isn’t very pretty or clean, but it’s full of a lot of passion and joy.”

About HIT THE WALL
The show follows a diverse group -- including an African-American drag queen, a butch lesbian, a fiercely funny gay duo, and a bigoted gay-bashing cop, among many others -- as a joyful evening at a gay nightclub, following the death of the iconic Judy Garland, is brutally interrupted by a police raid that touches off days of violent protests. Hit the Wall premiered in 2012 at Chicago's famed Steppenwolf Theatre. Hit the Wall transports audiences to the Stonewall Riots in New York's Greenwich Village on June 27-28, 1969, when a routine police raid on an underground gay hotspot became a foundational moment for the modern gay rights movement. Featuring a howling live rock band that evokes the era's proto-punk music and fast-paced, sharp dialogue, the vivid theatrical re-imagination focuses on ten unlikely revolutionaries, each claiming in turn "I was there."

Hit the Wall is recommended for mature audiences only due to adult content and language.

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Show Run Dates:  July 28 – August 20, 2017
Preview dates:  Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 8pm &
Pay-What-You-Can, Sunday, July 30 at 2pm
Opening night:  Monday, July 31 at 7:30pm

Performances:
Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 8:00 p.m. (& 2:00 pm August 13 and 20)
Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Ticket Prices
Single Tickets: $22 - $40 per show
Preview Tickets: $20

How/Where to Buy Tickets
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972.450.6232

Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650  Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About Ike Holter
Ike Holter’s work has been produced at The Steppenwolf Garage, A Red Orchid, Barrow Street, Primary Stages, The Lily Tomlin Theater, Philadelphia Theater Company, The New Colony, Jackalope Theater, Nothing Without A Company and The Inconvenience, where he is a founding member. He's received fellowships and commissions from Goodman Theater, Studio Theater, The Kennedy Center, Writers Theater, Teatro Vista, and Playwrights Center.  Both his plays "Exit Strategy" and "Hit The Wall" premiered in Chicago and moved to Off Broadway productions in New York.  Last year his play "Sender" opened at A Red Orchid, "Prowess" opened at Jackalope, and his show "Stay Lit" played at Oracle Theater and Steppenwolf.  He was named "Chicagoan of the Year in Theater 2014" by Chris Jones of The Chicago Tribune, and his monologues have been published in The New Yorker and several editions of Applause Books. Holter was recently named one of Victory Gardens newest ensemble playwrights.

About Joanie Schultz
Joanie Schultz was recently appointed as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, and has been serving in the position since January 1st, 2017. Before joining WaterTower Theatre, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre (Washington D.C.), The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  Joanie has also served on faculty at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 22,000 patrons annually.   WaterTower Theatre is led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designate by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organization and government to produce world-class live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of corporate, foundation and individual donors such as Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Paul and Norma Shultz, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, The Civic League, The President's Circle, WTT 2.0:  Securing our Future, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, The Corporate Council, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

ADDISON, TX – WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Joanie Schultz, and Managing Director Greg Patterson today announced details of the 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory.  In past years, the Conservatory for children and teens, held at the Addison Theatre Centre, was structured for students to present a fully-realized performance of a published play or musical at the end of the two-week program.  In the new restructured two-week Conservatory, students will be cultivating their skills in three intensive courses, each led by a different professional theatre artist. This training will offer a more well-rounded experience, and will provide the students with a strong artistic foundation that can be used in the classroom or on the professional stage. The students will also gain valuable interpersonal communication skills that will benefit their day-to-day lives. The Conservatory will culminate in a performance showcase for friends and family focused on utilizing the skills and crafts learned over the two-week program. 

Conservatory enrollment is now open.  The cost is $500 per student (tuition assistance and scholarships are available).  For more information or to enroll contact Kyle Eric Bradford, Patron Services & Community Engagement Manager, at 972.450.6228, kbradford@watertowertheatre.org or visit www.watertowertheatre.org/education_programs.aspx.

The 2017 Summer Performing Arts Conservatory introduces children 8-16 years old to others who share their love of acting, singing, and dancing! The two-week Conservatory offers a unique, non-competitive, nurturing program that caters to students who want to immerse themselves in all aspects of theatre arts.

Classes are held Monday-Friday (9am-5pm) and are taught by highly skilled, local professionals including M. Shane Hurst, Kyle Igneczi, Kelly McCain, and Jeff Swearingen. Concentrations include acting, dance, voice, and puppetry taught in an intimate classroom setting - guaranteeing that each student receives the individual attention necessary to learn theatre skills, as well as life skills: confidence, self-esteem, and a passion for creativity.

The Conservatory is made possible, in part, through the support of The Town of Addison, The Civic League and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

About the Teaching Artists

M. Shane Hurst (Music)
M. Shane holds four degrees in music from the Eastman School of Music, Southern Methodist University, and the University of North Texas and serves on the music faculties of Dallas Baptist University and Cedar Valley College. He has been active in DFW theatre for over two decades as an actor, director, and music director. Three of his projects from 2016—Onstage Bedford’s Jekyll & Hyde, Theatre Frisco’s The Last Five Years, and Greater Lewisville Community Theatre’s Master Class—were represented with various nominations in the recent Column Awards. Shane has worked with children throughout his career, teaching voice for the Dallas JCC and directing music at theatre camps, including NM Productions, Rover Dramawerks, Camp Broadway, and WaterTower’s Conservatory. He resides with his wife and two children in Oak Cliff, where he is also Music Minister at Chapel in the Woods Bible Church.

Kyle Igneczi (Puppetry)
Having toured the world with some of the biggest names in family entertainment (Sesame Street Live, The USO, Curious George Live) Kyle has garnered an assortment of skills and unique experiences that help him as a successful theatre artist. In addition to his work onstage as an actor he has puppetry and performance credits with the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center Puppetry Conference, John Tartaglia, Chuck E. Cheese, and Sesame Street Live. Locally, his puppetry skills have been seen in The Spark (WaterTower Theatre, “Best of Loop 2015” – Out of the Loop Fringe Festival), Hershel and the Hannukah Goblins (Amphibian Stage Productions, “Best Puppets 2015” – TheaterJones), and as an actor at WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Casa Mañana, Dallas Children’s Theater, and Uptown Players.

Kelly McCain (Dance)
Kelly is excited to be back again for the summer working with this talented group of young actors. Favorite performances include Shirley in The Producers (Uptown Players); Tess in Crazy For You, The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre Three); The Boy From Oz, Hair, Tommy, Victor/Victoria, Closer to Heaven (Uptown Players); Uncle Thomas in The King and I, Carousel (Lyric Stage); Carmen (Dallas Opera). Choreography credits:  Enron, Pippin, The Hot Mikado, Memphis, The Wedding Singer (Theatre Three); Chicago, Curtains (MainStage Irving); Bonnie & Clyde, Putting It Together, Creep (WaterTower Theatre); Peter Pan, Singin’ in the Rain, 9 to 5, How to Succeed in Business…, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Hello, Dolly (Garland Summer Musicals);  Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Wishing Star Productions); The Nance, Breathe (Uptown Players).

Jeff Swearingen (Acting)
Jeff has almost twenty years of experience teaching theatre and improvisation to children. He is the Creative Director and one of the founding partners of Fun House Theatre and Film, a local arts education and production company. He was recently named Best Theatre Teacher by Dallas Observer in the “Best of Dallas” Awards. His students have worked professionally from regional and Equity theaters to film and national sitcoms. He is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.

About WaterTower Theatre Education Programs
WaterTower Theatre’s education mission is to nurture the academic and emotional education of young people through theatre; and to make the rich benefits reaped from the experience available to all socio-economic levels and all traditionally underserved populations in Addison and Dallas.  WaterTower Theatre strives to further these three key elements:  Audiences, inspiring current and future audiences to discover theatre and its connection to their lives; Artists, investing in training, support and development of emerging young arts professionals; Arts Education, contributing to the community-wide efforts to improve the quality of life and the scope of arts education in North Texas. 

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors names Joanie Schultz as new Artistic Director

(Addison)… Paul Shultz, President of the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Derek Blount, Chairman of the WaterTower Theatre Artistic Director Search Committee, today announced the appointment of Joanie Schultz as Artistic Director.  Ms. Schultz will assume her new position on January 1, 2017 and will immediately begin planning the Company's 2017-2018 Season with the intent to announce it in May 2017.

When WaterTower Theatre's longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin resigned last May, the Board of Directors took the opportunity to evaluate the Company and make significant changes in organizational structure – specifically, creating a bifurcated management model with a Managing Director to head the Company’s business and operations, and a parallel Artistic Director to serve as WaterTower Theatre’s artistic visionary and manage the productions of the Company. Longtime Director of Development and Marketing Gregory Patterson was elevated into the position of Managing Director, and a Search Committee was formed to begin the process of identifying the future Artistic Director.

The Search Committee, chaired by Derek Blount, consisted of WaterTower Theatre Board members Rose Colarossi, Stan Graner, Paul Shultz, and Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  The executive search consulting firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates was engaged to lead the process.  Margaret Genovese acted as lead consultant in the national search that ultimately garnered more than one hundred candidates from across North America. Following an extensive interview process, Joanie Schultz was unanimously recommended by the Search Committee to the Board of Directors for this important leadership position.

Joanie Schultz is a director of theatre and opera based out of Chicago, IL, where she has lived for the last 20 years. Ms. Schultz’s work includes directing for The Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, The Cleveland Play House, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre in Washington DC, and 30 other theater and opera companies throughout Chicago. Joanie holds an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and a BA in directing from Columbia College Chicago. She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre's Michael Maggio Directing Fellow, the SDCF Denham Fellow, a Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab participant, and was 2013 Co-Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake.

Joanie was co-Artistic Director of Estrogen Fest, Associate Artistic Director of The Building Stage and co-Founder/Artistic Director of Flush Puppy Productions. Most recently, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by TCG.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre; associate artist with Victory Gardens; and an artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She has been on the theater faculty of Columbia College Chicago and University of Chicago, the opera faculty of Roosevelt University, and has taught for the School at Steppenwolf, the Audition Studio, and Italian Operatic Experience.

Her extensive directing credits include world premieres, regional premieres, and re-envisioning of classic work. Select credits include directing the smash hit and long-extended Hand to God (Studio Theatre); Venus in Fur (Goodman Theatre); the world premieres of Sarah Gubbins’ Cocked (Victory Gardens Theater), fml: how Carson McCullers saved my life (Steppenwolf Theatre), and The Kid Thing (About Face Theatre/Chicago Dramatists); the critically lauded The Whale and Rest by Samuel D. Hunter (Victory Gardens Theater); the Jeff Award winning productions of In Arabia We’d All be Kings and The Brief History of Helen of Troy (Steep Theatre), site-specific performances of the operas Acis and Galatea (Chicago Cultural Center) and Bluebeard’s Castle (New Millennium Orchestra), and co-creating and directing a 6-hour theatrical adaptation of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (The Building Stage).

"Joanie is a phenomenal choice to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic vision into a new era," said WaterTower Theatre Board President Paul Shultz.  “She has the unique combination of being a successful director of both new works and classics in the worlds of theatre and opera.”

"We set out on a lengthy search to find the ideal candidate, someone who has both a passion for theatre as well as an understanding of the business side of arts management," said Derek Blount, Chairman of the Search Committee.  "We also sought a leader who would bring new vision, new focus, and new creative energy to WaterTower Theatre, someone with a track record of developing transformative theatre, and someone who is in sync with ideas and events that are shaping people's consciousness across the country.  Joanie meets and exceeds all these requirements and is the perfect choice to lead WaterTower Theatre into a new chapter in its history."

"Joanie is one of the most gifted young directors working in our business today and I very much look forward to partnering with her," said Managing Director Gregory Patterson.  "She will bring a daring new perspective to the work we produce on our stage while respecting the work we’ve done in the past and the incredible community which has supported us for 20 years.  She is passionate, creative, genuine, insightful, and intuitive, possessing an artistic maturity that will fuse beautifully with the culture here at WaterTower Theatre that makes us unique in our community."

"I am so excited by the opportunity to lead WaterTower Theatre's artistic contributions to a new level in an already dynamic cultural landscape in the DFW Metroplex," said Joanie Schultz, Artistic Director-designate.  "WaterTower Theatre has a rich history and deep roots in the community and I'm looking forward to building on the solid foundation established by former Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin.”

 "It is my belief that creating plays that express our contemporary moment is the greatest contribution we can give to the world as theatre artists," said Schultz. "By our attempt to articulate our unique experiences in this place now, we are fostering desperately needed conversation in the most needed human way, through the live experience of other people. The consciousness created in the empathy of the shared experience an audience has with the actors on stage is irreplaceable by anything on a screen. And it is my passion for this expression and what it fosters that drives my work as a director and producer of theatre." 

"I look forward to getting to know the Addison community and its leaders," said Schultz.  "The Town of Addison is so generous in its support of the arts, in particular WaterTower Theatre.  I look forward to partnering with them on our collective desire to produce an exceptional theatrical experience that is unique, innovative, and entertaining, opening doors to bring greater understanding to the many challenges that face our community."

About Joanie Schultz

Joanie Schultz has been serving as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization.  She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater. 

She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow; the SDSF Denham Fellow; and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant.  She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  She is currently on adjunct faculty in directing at Columbia College and University of Chicago.  She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

About WaterTower Theatre

WaterTower Theatre is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.   The company celebrates its 20th anniversary during the 2016-2017 Season.   The Company has consistently been recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as designated by the IRS.  Like all arts organizations, WaterTower Theatre relies on both ticket income and donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, organizations, and government to produce live professional theatre and offer community outreach and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre is grateful for the support provided from The Town of Addison, TACA, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Shubert Foundation, and the hundreds of individuals, corporations and foundations whose annual donations allow WaterTower Theatre to consistently produce world-class live professional theatre.

Announcing Details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival

(Addison)… WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Gregory  Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced details for the Second Annual 24-HR Play Festival. Performances will take place on WaterTower Theatre’s Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Conference and Theatre Centre on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 8pm.

WaterTower Theatre will begin taking submissions from local playwrights between December 6, 2016 and January 13, 2017. Submissions can either be in the form of one ten minute play, or a ten page selection from a full-length play. Four playwrights will be chosen from the submissions, and will be notified of their selection by January 20, 2017. Submissions should be emailed to Kelsey Leigh Ervi, Associate Artistic Director, at kervi@watertowertheatre.org by Friday, January 13, 2017 with the subject line “NAME - 24-HR Play Fest – Playwright Submission.”

Open auditions for local actors interested in participating in the 24-Hour Play Festival will be held on Sunday, December 18 from 4pm-10pm. Actors are asked to bring a headshot and resume, and come prepared with a one-minute contemporary monologue.  Actors of all ages, genders, and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  Please note that this is a non-paying performance opportunity.  Meals will be provided for all participants throughout the process. Interested actors can sign up for an audition slot at https://instant-scheduling.com/sch.php?kn=204069&typId=56947&step=2.

All participants selected for the 24-HR Play Festival must be available from February 24 at 7pm to February 25 at 9pm.

Playwrights, directors and actors will come together to create 4 brand new plays in just 24 hours. Four playwrights will be chosen via submission, after which they will be assigned a director and a group of actors who will then inspire them to write a 15-minute play. The 24-Hour Play Festival will culminate in a one-time only performance at 8pm on Saturday, February 25 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage where each of the new plays will be performed for the public! The 24-HR Play Festival serves to provide an opportunity for local artists to work collaboratively to create new works.

Individual tickets to the performance are $10 each and will go on sale at Noon on December 6, 2016. A post-show reception will be hosted in the lobby following the performance.

Performance details:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
Doors open at 7:45pm
Curtain is at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Single Tickets: $10

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online:  www.watertowertheatre.org
By Phone:  972-450-6232
Or In-person: WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours

Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Sunday-Monday

Non-Performance Weeks:
Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About WaterTower Theatre:
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas.  It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation.  WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, The Canterbury Family, Don and Barbara Daseke, Ben Fischer and Laree Hulshoff, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower Theatre.

Announcing PARADE IN CONCERT, a Benefit Performance for WaterTower Theatre

(Addison, TX) WaterTower Theatre Managing Director Greg Patterson and Associate Artistic Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi today announced casting and creative team details for Parade in Concert, Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi, with Musical Direction by Scott Eckert. With Music and Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown and a Book by Alfred Uhry, Parade will play a special one-night only performance on Saturday, March 25, 2017 in the Canterbury Family Main Stage at the Addison Theatre Centre.

Inspired by the true events surrounding the 1913 murder trial of Leo Frank, a Brooklyn-raised Jew living in Georgia who is wrongly convicted of the murder of 13-year old Mary Phagan, Parade is filled with soaring music and a heart-wrenching story, offering a moral lesson about the dangers of prejudice and ignorance that should not be forgotten. Amid religious intolerance, political injustice and racial tension, the stirring Tony Award-winning Parade explores the endurance of love and hope.

WaterTower Theatre Board member Deborah Staggs will Chair the Benefit Concert event with all proceeds going to support the Company's Artistic and Education programs. The Benefit Committee will include: Co-Chair Andrea Redmon, Maureen T. Anderson, Rosalind Benjet, Sharla DeFrancisco, Elizabeth Fratantuono, Phil Longacre, and Michelle Mew.

About Deborah Staggs
Having spent over 16 years as a successful Senior Management Support Liaison and a Marketing Professional in the Aviation Industry, Deborah Staggs is a dedicated team leader with strong analytical and interpersonal skills. A Native Texan, she has lived in other States in the U.S. pursuing a career as a computer broker, and sales and marketing in the media regime when returning to Texas. She has been a resident in Carrollton for the past 30 years. Diligent, with a keen sense of humor and the gift of making people laugh, she is driven to help those in need and supporting many charitable organizations, including WaterTower Theatre. Networking is her passion, and she has had the opportunity to work with some of the top entertainers and event planners in the DFW area. She has been part of many educational teams and values new ideas, with the philosophy “In life and business, always be thankful and achieve your best at all times.”

Individual tickets to Parade will go on sale October 20, 2016 at 12 noon and will be available by calling the WaterTower Theatre Box Office at 972-450-6232 or online at www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx. Tickets are $200, $150 and $50. The Diamond Seating at $200 includes a pre-show VIP cocktail reception at WTT and a post-show Champagne Dessert reception at WTT; The Gold $150 seating includes the post-show Champagne Dessert reception only. The Silver $50 is the performance only. A portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

In keeping with the celebration of WaterTower’s 20th Anniversary, this one-night only performance marks 10 years since WaterTower’s original production of Parade in the 2006-2007 Season. The cast includes Seth Womack as Leo Frank, Sarah Elizabeth Price as Lucille Frank, Greg Hullett as Hugh Dorsey, Alex Ross as Governor Slaton, Brian Mathis as Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan, Calvin Scott Roberts as Jim Conley, Mary McElree as Mary Phagan, Kyle Montgomery as Frankie Epps, Kyle Igneczi as Britt Craig, Luke Longacre as Tom Watson/Others, Sara Shelby-Martin as Mrs. Phagan/Others, Jeremy Davis as Newt Lee/Others, Victoria Teague as Mrs. Slaton/Others, Molly Welch as Iola Stover/Others, Jad Saxton as Monteen/Others, Alex Heika as Young Soldier/Others, and Whitney Coulter as Minnie/Others. The Ensemble includes Justin Duncan, Aubrey Ferguson and Ian Mead Moore.

Making their WaterTower Theatre debuts in Parade will be Whitney Coulter, Jeremy Davis, Justin Duncan, Mary McElree, Ian Mead Moore, Alex Ross, Jad Saxton, and Victoria Teague.

The creative team, in addition to Director Kelsey Leigh Ervi and Musical Director Scott Eckert, includes Maggie Soch Hayden (Stage Manager), Bradley Gray (Set Designer), Dan Schoedel (Lighting Designer), and Kellen Voss (Sound Designer).

Performance details
In the Canterbury Family Main Stage at
The Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Rd
Addison, TX 75001
One Night Only: Saturday, March 25th, 2017 at 8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
Diamond: $200
Gold: $150
Silver: $50

How/Where to Buy Tickets:
Online: www.watertowertheatre.org/tickets.aspx
By Phone: 972.450.6232
Or In-person:
WaterTower Theatre at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, TX 75001

Fax: 972.450.6244
Email: boxoffice@watertowertheatre.org

Box Office Hours
Day of Performance: Saturday Noon-6 p.m.
Non-Performance Weeks: Tuesday-Friday Noon-6 p.m.
Closed Saturday-Monday

Please note: The Box Office opens one hour before show time on performance days and remains open through intermission.

About the Director
KELSEY LEIGH ERVI, Director
Kelsey is thrilled to be directing Parade, a musical she’s wanted to work on for years. Other directing credits include Silent Sky, Lord of the Flies, The Spark, The Santaland Diaries, The Tom Sawyer Project, Honky (WaterTower Theatre); Precious Little (Echo Theatre); Love Me, Tinder (FIT Festival, world premiere); Ask Questions Later (Rite of Passage Theatre, world premiere); and Dani Girl (Greyman Theatre Company). Kelsey is also an accomplished actor, having worked with many area theatre companies including WaterTower Theatre, Stage West, Shakespeare Dallas, Uptown Players, Echo Theatre, and Shakespeare in the Bar. When she’s not directing or performing onstage, Kelsey can be heard on the Little Big Scene Podcast, a monthly podcast which serves to promote the past, present, and future of the DFW theatre community. Currently, Kelsey serves as Associate Artistic Director for WaterTower Theatre.

About the Musical Director
SCOTT A. ECKERT, Musical Director/Conductor
Prior WaterTower credits include: Company, Rockin’ Christmas Party, and Smoke Joe’s Café. Other music direction credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Boy from Oz, The Producers, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Next to Normal (Uptown Players); Titanic, Jane Eyre, The Human Comedy (Lyric Stage); NINE, Big River, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Main Stage); Goblin Market, Her Song (Echo Theatre); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Little Women (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); West Side Story, Nine to Five, Brigadoon (Garland Summer Musicals); The Hot Mikado (Theatre Three); and Fiddler on the Roof (Associate Conductor, National Tour). He has been recognized by the Dallas Theater League and The DFW Theater Critics Forum for his work as both music director and playwright.

About the Cast
GREGORY HULLETT, Hugh Dorsey
Greg is excited to be back at WaterTower Theatre! He debuted at WTT as Jackie Boudreaux in The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. Greg was trained at KD Studio Actors Conservatory in Dallas and earned his degree in Acting Performance. Recent stage credits include: Chicago (Main Stage); Dancing at Lughnasa (Contemporary Theatre of Dallas); Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players); Fellowship: The Musical Parody of Fellowship of the Ring (Theatre Too); and Oil (Theatre Three).

KYLE IGNECZI, Britt Craig
Kyle is beyond proud to return to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Dogfight, Bonnie & Clyde, and The Spark (Out of the Loop Fringe Festival). Other credits include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Angels in America, Aida, Catch Me If You Can (Uptown Players); Memphis (Theatre Three); Seussical (Dallas Children's Theater); Rent, Spamalot (Casa Mañana); and The Explorers Club (Stage West / WaterTower Theatre). Kyle is also a puppeteer and puppet builder and will be teaching a course in puppetry as part of WaterTower Theatre's education program.

LUKE LONGACRE, Tom Watson/Others
Luke has worked locally at Casa Mañana, Amphibian Stage, WaterTower Theatre, and Dallas Theater Center. Some of his other favorite non-local credits include Lincoln Center, The MUNY, Portland Center Stage, Papermill Playhouse, and 5th Avenue Theatre. He is currently attending Southern Methodist University pursuing his M.F.A. in Acting.

SARA SHELBY-MARTIN, Mrs. Phagan/Others
Sara Shelby-Martin regularly performs at theaters throughout the DFW area, appearing regularly at WaterTower Theatre, Uptown Players, Lyric Stage, Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, and Theatre Three. Recent credits include The Toxic Avenger, Godspell, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. When she’s not on stage, Sara can be seen performing her cabaret show "The Alto Line: My Life in Harmony" at venues across DFW.

BRIAN MATHIS, Old Confederate Soldier/Judge Roan
Brian is very happy to be to returning to WaterTower Theatre where he last appeared in Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash. Other WTT credits include the original concert reading of Creep. He has appeared nationally with the Equity tours of Seussical and Jesus Christ Superstar. Locally, Brian has appeared with Casa Mañana, Stage West, Circle Theatre, Amphibian Stage, Lyric Stage, and Dallas Theater Center. Other theatre credits include Theatre Under the Stars, Tennessee (Nashville) Rep, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, River City Rep, Downtown Cabaret -Bridgeport, CT, the Bushnell Center, and Kansas City Starlight. He appeared on CBS' Walker TX Ranger and with Dolly Parton in the movie Blue Valley Songbird. Brian can be heard on dozens of various voice over’s for FUNimation, Medieval Times and many more!

MARY McELREE, Mary Phagan
Mary McElree is thrilled to be making her WaterTower Theatre debut, having previously performed with such theatrical companies as Casa Mañana, Lyric Stage, Dallas Children's Theater, Wishing Star Productions, and Dallas Theater Center. Though theatre dominates most of her resumé, Mary grew up as a voiceover talent for Radio Disney, and continues to pursue work in various forms of entertainment including film and commercial. Mary is represented by Core Talent and a proud member of Actors’ Equity.

KYLE MONTGOMERY, Frankie Epps
Kyle’s theatre credits include (Actor) National Tour: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (National Tour); Lord of the Flies, Creep (WaterTower Theatre); Into the Woods, South Pacific (Lyric Stage); Catch Me If You Can, The Boy From Oz, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Uptown Players); A Midsummer's Night Dream, The Winter's Tale, The Comedy of Errors, The Tempest (Trinity Shakespeare Festival); Memphis (Theatre Three); and Day Light (Stage West); (Properties Designer) Ring of Fire, The Realistic Joneses (WaterTower Theatre); Venus in Fur (Co-Production with WaterTower Theatre and Circle Theatre); Lovers and Executioners, Other Desert Cities, Clever Little Lies, Under the Skin, Don’t Talk to the Actors, The Taming (Circle Theatre).

SARAH ELIZABETH PRICE, Lucille Frank
Sarah is grateful to be returning to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Creep, Bonnie & Clyde, Putting it Together. Other Regional credits include Ordinary Days (Our Productions); The Boy from Oz (Uptown Players); Camelot (Lyric Stage); and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Wishing Star Productions, National Tour).

CALVIN SCOTT ROBERTS, Jim Conley
Calvin is thrilled to return to the WaterTower Theatre stage! Previous WTT credits include Creep, Spunk, and Smokey Joe’s Café. Some of Calvin’s Regional credits include Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent (Casa Mañana); Memphis, Crazy for You, Drowsy Chaperone, By the Way, Meet Vera Stark (Theatre Three); Miracle on 34th Street (Dallas Children’s Theater); The Color Purple (Jubilee Theatre); Dreamgirls (Portland Center Stage); The Producers (Uptown Players); Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters (DCT National Tour); Flora, the Red Menace (Lyric Stage); and A Christmas Carol (Dallas Theater Center). Other theatrical credits include Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Dallas).

ALEX ROSS, Governor Slaton
Alex is happy to make his WaterTower Theatre debut in Parade. Regional credits include; Dallas Theater Center, Uptown Players, Theatre Three, Lyric Stage, Light Opera Oklahoma. TV credits include Queen of the South (USA) Murder Made Me Famous (REELZ), Revolution (NBC), and Salvation (NBC Pilot).

SETH WOMACK, Leo Frank
Seth is thrilled to be returning to the WaterTower Theatre stage, having previously been seen in The Spark, Creep, Lord of the Flies, and One Man, Two Guvnors. Other regional credits include Les Misérables (Dallas Theater Center & Casa Mañana); Fiddler on the Roof, The Golden Apple, Lady in the Dark, Into the Woods (Lyric Stage); and The Light in the Piazza (Brick Road Theatre). Seth is proud to reprise the role of Leo Frank, having previously performed it in the historic Paramount Theatre's production of Parade in Abilene, TX in 2012. Seth is a 2013 graduate of Abilene Christian University with a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre.

About WaterTower Theatre
WaterTower Theatre, celebrating its 20th Anniversary Season, is one of the leading regional theatres in North Dallas and Texas. It is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observer, D Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 28,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of The Town of Addison, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and the Shubert Foundation. WaterTower Theatre is supported, in part, through the generosity of Atmos Energy, Barbara and Bob Bigham: the Baylor Oral Health Foundation, Don and Barbara Daseke, FastSigns Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Mary Kay Inc., Million Air Dallas, Nissan Foundation, Pinnacle, Rainmaker Advertising, Relax the Back Addison, Slalom Consulting, Table 13, the WaterTower Theatre Board of Directors, and Women of WaterTower.

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