Executive Producer of Stanford Repertory Theater, Ian Anstee has performed as Juan Perón in Evita, the Ghost of Hamlet’s Father in Hamlet, Richard Roe in Machinal, and in SRT’s Words to End All Wars, directed by Rush Rehm. Prior to coming Stanford, Ian directed, produced and acted for the ShakesPEER group, a repertory company committed to putting on high-quality, student-run productions. He also acted and sang in various productions with the ArdenSingers, Walnut Street Theatre, Haverford High School and several other groups. Ian is a rising sophomore at Stanford University, interested in studying theater and philosophy.
Victor Spielberg Verdejo recently graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Theater and Performance Studies and International Relations. He is fascinated by the world of performance and is passionate about the intersection of drama and activism. Previous acting credits: A Kingdom, A Country or a Wasteland, In the Snow; Mud; Life of Galileo; Zoot Suit; Les Misérable (OGEP); Far Away; Watsonville: Some Place Not Here; Trans Theatre Double Feature (Plus a Quickie)! He is one of the Coward Festival co-producers and will be stage-managing the Coward Symposium this summer.
Courtney Walsh is in her eighth season at Stanford Repertory Theater (SRT). In 2014 she starred in a bilingual production of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days in Paris, France, followed by The Graduate at Sixth Street Playhouse as Mrs. Robinson. Other recent appearances include San Francisco Playhouse’s Jerusalem and SRT’s Moby Dick – Rehearsed, which she co-directed, winning Theatre Bay Area Awards for Outstanding Production, Directing and Acting Ensemble. Courtney studied acting at Yale, worked as an actress in Los Angeles, followed by a hiatus to earn a law degree to represent abused children. Returning to the stage in 2006, she has worked throughout the Bay Area (Berkeley Rep, New Conservatory Theatre, Tides Theater) nationally (San Antonio, Salt Lake City) and internationally (Athens, Berlin, Cardiff, Amsterdam). Find Courtney at courtneywalsh.net
Deb Fink (Myra) is a native of Berkeley, California and is thrilled to be working at Stanford Rep. Local theater credits Berkeley Shakespeare, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theater, Marin Shakespeare, Center Rep, The Magic, Playwrights Foundation, Central Works (founder, collaborator, Board), Board President, Shakespearience. Film/ TV credits: Nash Bridges, Princess Bride, Nine Months, This Space Between Us, Happily Even After, Warnings from the Bathtub (best actress award), looping for Zodiac, The Master, and Jurassic World. Deb has also done VO character work for Pixar. She is an acting teacher, coach, performance artist and community builder.
BRUCE CARLTON (David Bliss) was last seen as Carlino in Circle of Life Theatre’s Wait Until Dark. He understudied Prospero, Stephano, and Alonso in Othello for California Shakespeare Theater and then played Parker in their Lady Windermere’s Fan. Other recent roles include Old Adam in Role Players’ Ensemble’s Ruddigore, and Frank Barrow in San Jose Stage’s Bonnie & Clyde: The Musical.
Previous work in the North Bay included roles with 6th Street Playhouse, Santa Rosa Junior College, Dreamweavers, Silver Moon, Narrow Way, Pegasus, Raven Players, Alive Stage, and Windsor’s Shakespeare on the Green.
Follow him at www.brucecarlton.com.
This is Catherine (Cat) Luedtke's first performance at Stanford Repertory Theater. Recent Bay Area Theater credits include: Evren Odcikin's adaptation of The Braggart Soldier or Major Blowhard andTop Girls-Custom Made Theatre Company(For which she was nominated 'Best Actress in a Featured Role'-Theatre Bay Area Awards, 2014), Pygmalion-California Shakespeare Theater, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore and Blood Wedding-TheBreadbox Theatre Company, My Beautiful Laundrette (US Premier)-New Conservatory Theatre Center, Sheherezade-Wily West Productions and Rabbit Hole-Artists Repertory Co. of San Francisco. After the completion of Hay Fever, she will be traveling to London and Prague to perform at the Futura Contemporary Art Museum/The National Gallery in a devised piece by Than Hussein Clark of The Villa Design Group.
Cat studied acting at Studio A.C.T. and Shakespeare at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).
Cat was a finalist for The TBA ATLAS Actor Titan Award in 2013.
Andre Amarotico is a rising Senior double majoring in Theater and Political Science. SRT credits include Eric in An Inspector Calls, and Queequeg in Moby Dick Rehearsed. Other Stanford theater credits include, “Chip" in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, "Lord of the Underworld" in Eurydice, and most recently the title role in Hamlet. He is a Stanford Improvisor and a member of Stanford Theater Laboratory.
Kiki Bagger is an English Major graduating at the end of summer. Her Stanford credits include Sheila in TAPS’ "An Inspector Calls", Gertrude in "Hamlet", Ilse in "Spring Awakening" and Rosaline in the Shakespeare Company's "Love's Labour's Lost”, amongst others. When Hayfever closes, Kiki will start an MA at Drama Studio London to pursue an acting career.
Kathleen Kelso is excited to make her Stanford Repertory Theater debut in Hay Fever this summer after performing around campus during her freshman year. Most recently, she appeared in the ensemble of TAPS’Evita. She also originated the role of Young Kiera in the premiere of the new musical Mirror Image, after having performed in Did We Offend You: A Cabaret of Controversial Songs from Musical Theater in the fall. Previous favorite roles include the Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods, Lipschitz in Chicago, and Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, for which she received a National Youth Arts Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical.
Annabel Ostrow (stage manager, ’18), is a rising sophomore whose major is currently undeclared. Stanford credits include The Klaus Conundrum and Mirror Image. She has been stage managing, producing, and directing shows since middle school, and is excited to have the opportunity to work with Stanford Rep. Enjoy the show!
Makulumy Alexander-Hills (Music Director, 16'), is a rising senior double majoring in Music and Earth Systems (Biosphere). He has acted as Music Director for At the Fountain Theatricals' Violet, Ram's Head Theatrical Society's Les Miserables, and the Department of Theater and Performance Studies' Evita. He has worked in various other musical capacities on Stanford productions of Spring Awakening, Machinal, Sunday in the Park with George, Die Fledermaus, Mirror Image, and Hairspray. Professional experience includes intern positions on Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theater) and Triangle (TheaterWorks).
Samantha Rose Williams is so excited to be a part of Stanford Repertory Theater’s production of The Coward Cabaret. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, Samantha is a sophomore at Stanford University. Recently she played Eliza Doolittle in Broadway By the Bay’s Production of My Fair Lady (2015), a Dynamite in Hairspray (2015), Natalie in Next to Normal (2014), and Dorothy in The Wiz (2013). She wishes to thank God, her family, and friends for all of their support.
Ellen Woods is a rising sophomore studying Symbolic Systems and TAPS. Previous Stanford credits include A Kingdom, a Country, or a Wasteland in the Snow (Luba),Mirror Image (Kiera), Words to End All Wars (various roles), and Evita (Ensemble). Other credits include Our Town (Emily), Much Ado About Nothing (Margaret), Legally Blonde (Margot), and You Can’t Take it With You (Mrs. Kirby). Apart from acting, Ellen is a member of Mixed Company a Capella, Chocolate Heads Movement Band, and is serving as a board member of At the Fountain Theatricals, Stanford’s only musical theatre company.
Austin Caldwell is a Stanford Theater and Performance Studies major, class of 2015, from Kansas City, Missouri. Recent roles on campus have included Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Joe Keller in All My Sons, and Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest.