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Stage Manager & Light Board OperatorJulie C. Okuley
Julie C. Okuley is happy to be back at The Brecksville Theatre after stage managing Bright Ideas this past January. Other stage managing credits include Bright Ideas, Bloody, Little Pieces (Blank Canvas Theatre), Disney Musicals in Schools Student Share (Ohio Theatre, 2016-18), and ASM for The Dazzle Awards at Playhouse Square for the past three seasons. Julie has also recently returned to the stage with appearances in Blank Canvas Theatre’s productions of We Will Rock You and Side Show (Venus de Milo), and Aurora Community Theatre’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Quince). Favorite roles include Hannah in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, Nancy D. in A New Brain, and Lavinia in the two-part production of Mourning Becomes Electra. She has been seen on the Croswell Opera House stage in multiple productions, including A Chorus Line (u/s Kristine, Connie) and Titanic. Julie is currently employed full-time for the Community Engagement & Education Department at Playhouse Square.
Set & Lighting DesignerFrankie Castrovillari
Frankie is a freelance lighting and set designer and is excited to be back at The Brecksville Theatre, having recently designed the set for Newsies. Frankie loves the opportunity to be creative and think outside the box. Recent credits include the regional premiere of Chaplin at Padua Franciscan High School, Harriet Tubman: An American Moses at Magical Theatre Company, and the world premiere of The Story of an Hour (opera) at Kent State University. When not working Frankie can be found eating pasta and drinking wine while thinking about all the exercises he isn’t doing at the gym.
Sound DesignerSam Kitzler
Costume DesignLaurie Gartman
Laurie has created costumes for The Brecksville Theatre's Traveling Education Series for the past four years. You may also remember her as Piggie from ‘Elephant & Piggie’ (2016). Laurie thoroughly enjoys the creative challenges the annual show brings: Tap-Dancing (Dr. Wink — ‘Pinkalicious’ 2017), Set Designer (‘How I Became a Pirate’ 2018), and most recently, Costumer (‘Ivy & Bean’). Most of all, she loves that Brecksville Theatre gives children from local communities the opportunity to see a live play (sometimes their first ever) they can relate to, encouraging a life-long love for the Arts.
Hair & MakeupWinn Douglass
Assistant Stage Manager & PropsEvelyn Stevens
Evelyn has been helping behind the scenes for over ten years and loves the backstage 'Ninja' life. One of her jobs consists of making sure the props are where they belong and the actors have them when they go on stage. She also helps the stage manager in any way she can. Her other theater job is to gather and/or create props to enhance each play. She is thrilled to be continuing her theater experience here in Brecksville.
Production AssistantRachel Skully
Rachel is a Production Assistant and is currently a graduate student at Cleveland State University and lives in Lakewood. She is studying to be an English Instructor and her favorite play is "The Odd Couple." She has previous experience working on Bay Village Community Theater's "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday." She is very excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with such a wonderful and knowledgeable cast!
Art Suskin started his 50-plus years of directing with musical theatre in the 1960s. Since then, he has presented theatre in virtually every theatrical genre staging well over 150 productions. He is delighted to return to Brecksville for the second year, having helmed Waiting for Godot here in 2018. Art has taught theatre at the high school and college levels as well as giving private and group instruction in auditioning, improvisation, and acting to students of all ages. He has also taught theatre, philosophy, English, and communications theory to high school and college students. Art has co-authored several original scripts for children including The Adventures of Sinbad the Sailor for performance in Central Park. Art Suskin currently serves as Artistic Director and Producer for The Theatre Gym (TTG), which he founded in 2006.
Sound OperatorsRachel Skully and Andy Wagner