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Mary Ellen Everett

John Bennett

Grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the vibrant Sarasota arts community. Special thanks to Olivia, Bill & Bob, Jeff, Ita, Pat and Joni. Blessed for his sponsors Charlie Beye & Richard Deppe, Susan & Jim Buck, and Trevor Cramer. John has worked professionally throughout the Midwest and Southern California. He earned a BA in Acting from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.


Mary Ellen Everett

Dylan Crow

Dylan Crow is an actor and improviser from Kentucky. He received his BFA in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville. Dylan is proud to be pursuing his MFA here with the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and is looking forward to this season at the Cook Theatre. He especially wants to thank his sponsors Carol Camiener, Barbara Jacob, and Judy Pearson & Paul Nelson.


Mary Ellen Everett

Andrew Hardaway

Regional credits: The Winter’s Tale (Florizel), Macbeth (Macbeth), Hamlet (Laertes), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Demetrius), Clybourne Park (Kevin/Albert), Orestes (Orestes), A Soldier’s Play (Davenport). Film credits: The Extraction (John), The Judgment of Weeping Mary (Calvin), Garrison (Anthony Graves). Sanford Meisner Certificate: New York Conservatory for Dramatic Art (New York, NY); BFA (Acting): Adelphi University (Garden City, NY). Special thanks, and exponential gratitude, to sponsor Beverly Koski. “Attitude is more important than the inevitable.”


Mary Ellen Everett

Lawrence James

James, from Lodi, New Jersey, received his BA in Contemporary Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey. Favorite credits include: The Winter's Tale (King Leontes), Threepenny Opera (Mr. Peachum), and Fences (Mr. Bono). Tremendous thanks to donors Shelley & Sy Goldblatt, Nona Macdonald Heaslip, and Gigi & Ben Huberman. I love you Mommy!


Anthony J. Hamilton

Matthew Kresch

Recent graduate of Penn State and now going into his second year at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Matthew Kresch is thoroughly excited for this year's season at the Cook Theater where he and his classmates will finally stretch their legs on stage and show the world what stories they have to tell. He would like to thank his sponsors Maurie Richards & Jack Kesler, Mike & Madelyn Tetmeyer, and the Esther Mertz Endowed Fund for their support and love of theater that allows us the privilege to create art. Much love and thanks to his family and friends who support his endeavors and also to you, the audience, for coming to experience the truth and art with us. May we never forget why we do this.


Amy Helms

Sara Linares

Sara went to New College of Florida where she majored in Humanities with a focus on Performance. She has worked at Micro Theater in Miami and is currently pursuing her MFA in Acting at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training. She made her professional debut this summer with Dog Days Theatre in Double Indemnity as Nettie and Lola. Sara would like to thank her donors Margot & Warren Coville and Carole Crosby & Larry Wickless, as well as her friends and family who have made this journey possible.


Nolan Hennelly

Erik Meixelsperger

Erik Meixelsperger is thrilled to be a part of the season in the Cook Theatre and to share the stage with his classmates. He was seen in this summer’s Dog Dogs Theatre production of Double Indemnity playing Walter Huff. Last year, he understudied Bobby Kennedy in The Great Society for Asolo Rep. Erik would like to thank his wife, Amanda, his daughter, Zoey, and his sponsors Susan & George Losel, Eva Slane, Judy Zuckerberg & George Kole, and Michael Zuckerberg.


Aleksandr Krapivkin

Olivia Osol

Olivia Osol is grateful to her parents and to her sponsors Judy Rosemarin, Caryl Kaplan, and Candy & Bob Sohol, her teachers, and her classmates for their support. She graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BFA in acting and has spent her time between then and now performing in NYC. She is a member of New Place Players NYC and her favorite credits include Helena in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Maria in Twelfth Night. Last year she understudied the role of Regina in The Little Foxes for Asolo Rep Theatre, and she cannot wait to perform on the Cook Stage this year with her incredibly talented ensemble.  She is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.


Colleen Lafeber

Katie Sah

Graduated from Temple University with a BA in Theater in 2016. TV credits include Family Guy on FOX; and Deadly Sins and Deadly Affairs on DISCOVERY ID. Film credits include Couch Surfer and Blind Date. “I am so grateful for my sponsors Jane Feder and Judith & George Hofmann! Thank you for supporting my dream. Thank you to my family and friends for believing in me. It's an honor to share this experience with you.”


Amber Lageman

Scott Shoemaker

Scott Shomaker is a second-year student at the FSU/Asolo Conservatory. He received his BFA from Nebraska Wesleyan University. This past summer he made his third appearance at Flatware Shakespeare Company in The Merry Wives of Windsor; other credits include As You Like It and Hamlet. Last season at Asolo Rep he understudied roles in The Great Society and Born Yesterday. Many, many thanks to his sponsors Doug Bradbury, Henny & Dennis Dirks, and the Bill Yandow Endowed Fund.


Kedren Spencer

Jenny Vallancourt

Jenny Vallancourt is a graduate of Barnard College. Before moving to Sarasota, she lived and worked in New York City, where she co-founded The Brewing Department (TBD), a theater company dedicated to collaboration and development. With TBD, Jenny performed in everything from Ibsen to Shakespeare to world premieres. She has also worked extensively with the New Jersey Repertory Company. THANK YOU to Bob & Pat Baer – I could not be here without you!


Wes Tolman

DeAnna Wright

DeAnna, a Florida native, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Florida. DeAnna then moved to Philadelphia where she did various inspiring stage works and acquired credits in television and film. In the recent past DeAnna began engaging in original devised theatre with a collaborative group framing personal, human and social perspectives. She sends love and gratitude to her family and friends for their continued support and a very special thanks to her sponsors Shari & Stephen Ashman, Tom & Carol Beeler, and Leigh Perry.