Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:00

A Cup of Joe with O: Stephanie Howell

On this final episode for the run of MR. PERFECT, Olivia chats with actress Stephanie Howell about the character of Donna.

MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs runs through May 3rd. A few tickets are left! Check it out at www.saltlakeactingcompany.org.

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Friday, 17 April 2015 15:34

A Cup of Joe with O: John Caywood

Episode 4: MR. PERFECT. Host Olivia Custodio sits down with director John Caywood to discuss taking on MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs.

MR. PERFECT runs through May 3. Get your tickets now!

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by BARBARA M. BANNON | April 14, 2015 | The Salt Lake Tribune

 

Zooey, Jeffrey, Donna and Ralph are characters in William Missouri Downs' zany comedy, "Mr. Perfect," making its world premiere in an unpredictable and constantly entertaining production at Salt Lake Acting Company. Their lives keep crossing in unexpected ways. Does that mean something, or is it just random chance?

 

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Monday, 13 April 2015 15:12

A Cup of Joe with O: Emilie Starr

Episode 3: MR. PERFECT. Host Olivia Custodio sits down with actress Emilie Starr to discuss her role as Zooey in MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs.

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Thursday, 09 April 2015 14:57

A Cup of Joe with O: Trent Cox

Episode 2: MR. PERFECT. In this interview, host Olivia Custodio sits down with assistant director Trent Cox to discuss the world premiere play, MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs.

MR. PERFECT plays at Salt Lake Acting Company from April 8- May 3.

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Thursday, 02 April 2015 14:23

A Cup of Joe with O: Ryon Sharette

Episode 1: MR. PERFECT. In this first interview for the run of MR. PERFECT, host Olivia Custodio sits down with Ryon Sharette to discuss his role as Jeffrey in the world premiere play by William Missouri Downs.

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 17:34

2014-2015 Season Press Release

PRESS CONTACT: CYNTHIA FLEMING | 801.363.7522 |

August 14, 2014
For Immediate Release

Salt Lake Acting Company's 2014-2015 Season
Reflects New Mission Statement to Engage and Enrich Community
Through Brave, Contemporary Theatre

Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC), with renewed energy and excitement for the future, announces a new, community-centered mission statement as it launches its 44th season of brave, contemporary theatre.

SLAC's Executive Leadership and Board of Trustees recognized the need to revise and simplify the organization's mission to get right to the heart of why the Salt Lake Acting Company exists. Following invigorating and focused conversation at a retreat this past spring, SLAC's leaders have released the company's new mission statement: to engage and enrich community through brave, contemporary theatre.
This new, community-centered mission will be reflected in SLAC's 2014-2015 season, which in addition to the vibrant work onstage, will also cultivate more and deeper partnerships with area non-profits, schools, and community centers. Now more than ever, SLAC recognizes the rich and dynamic culture that exists here in Utah, and is proud to invest and play a role in its continued growth. It's an exciting time to be in Salt Lake City and an exciting time to be at SLAC.

The 2014-2015 season opens with I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS by Tony Award-winning playwright John Logan. Hailed as the first female "super-agent," Sue Mengers was the talk of the entertainment industry, representing the likes of Barbra Streisand, Steve McQueen, and Cher. This one-woman show, starring Utah favorite Camille Van Wagoner and directed by Robin Wilks-Dunn will run September 17 – October 26, 2014. SLAC invites audiences into Sue's glamorous living room for an evening of dish and dirty secrets.

For more information on I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS click here...


RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN by Obie Award-winning playwright Gina Gionfriddo and directed by Adrianne Moore, will run October 22 – November 16, 2014. After graduate school, Catherine and Gwen chose polar opposite paths. Catherine built a career as a rock star academic, while Gwen built a home with her husband and children. This sharp-witted comedy takes an unflinching look at gender politics and asks, 'Can any woman have it all?'

For more information on RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN click here...

SLAC will work on behalf of its youngest audiences with its sixth annual professional children's production, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD with book and lyrics by Willie Reale, music by Robert Reale, and based on the ever-popular books by Arnold Lobel. Two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. A story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons, A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD will be directed by Penny Caywood and will run December 5 – 27, 2014. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm.

For more information on A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD click here...


TWO STORIES by local playwright Elaine Jarvik was one of the 5 plays workshopped in SLAC's New Play Sounding Series (NPSS) during the 2013/14 Season. Jarvik said, "Nothing beats hearing your work read by good actors in front of a real, unbiased audience willing to stay afterwards to dissect what they've heard. By hearing the words out loud, by watching how the audience reacted, by listening to their questions and suggestions, I learned what worked and what didn't. This is how new plays get better." After its development last season in NPSS, SLAC has committed to ensuring the continued life of this play, presenting its World Premiere, directed by Keven Myhre, February 4 – March 1, 2015. Jodi is a struggling journalist eager to keep her job in a changing economy. When a Pakistani family moves in next door, Jodi gets more than just a great story. TWO STORIES is an exploration of diverse landscapes, including economic rise and fall, sensationalism and honesty, how we navigate the growing diversity and lingering stereotypes in our communities, and more intimately, how identity is bridged between generations.

For more information on TWO STORIES click here...

SLAC's commitment to new plays continues as it celebrates spring with the World Premiere of a 'sort of' romantic comedy, MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs. SLAC is proud to welcome Downs back to Utah after previously working with him on last season's hit, THE EXIT INTERVIEW. Directed by John Caywood and running April 8 – May 5, 2015, MR. PERFECT tells the story of a quirky flight attendant and romance novel junkie who thinks she's met Mr. Perfect. When it doesn't work out, she sets out to connect the random events that make up life, hoping to find the meaning of it all.

For more information on MR. PERFECT click here...

And of course, no SLAC season would be complete without SATURDAY'S VOYEUR, created by Allen Nevins & Nancy Borgenicht, two of Salt Lake City's most celebrated playwrights, and directed and choreographed by Cynthia Fleming. SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015 will shake up Salt Lake June 24 – August 30, 2015. This annual musical satire connects SLAC to the community like nothing else. SLAC is the only theatre company in the nation that presents a new play written for us, about us, each year.

For more information on SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2015 click here...

With its renewed commitment to community, SLAC's 2014/15 Season will promote theatre and the arts in Utah through a variety of programs, several being the first of their kind in the region. SLAC strives to promote theatre, literature, and art to students from kindergarten to university. SLAC's arts education programs include:

Title I Matinee Program:

SLAC believes in the power of the arts to enhance children's literacy, educational performance, and interest in learning. A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD will include eight free matinee performances for over 1,400 Title I schoolchildren. As school curriculums continue to narrow at the expense of the arts, SLAC's free performances provide a live theatrical experience to academically at-risk schoolchildren who often lack access to opportunities as basic as field trips and arts exposure. SLAC will also offer discounted performances for non-Title I schools; literary partnerships with the Salt Lake City Public Library and local bookstores; an online study guide available for schools and students as they prepare for their visits; and collaborations with local organizations and sponsors.
University Professional Theatre Program: For the past two years Salt Lake Acting Company's University Professional Theatre Program (UPTP) has provided the opportunity for over two dozen students from Utah universities to contribute to productions on a professional scale through both performing roles and technical theatre positions. UPTP was developed through the recognition that SLAC had the resources to offer more to students than ticket discounts and internships. Rather, a paid, working experience would allow for tangible exposure to their craft and the chance for students to build a professional resume before even graduating. SLAC has cultivated working relationships with theatre programs from the following schools: University of Utah, Weber State University, Utah Valley University, and Utah State University.

SLAC has always been dedicated to nurturing the work of local theatre artists and providing a home for both new and established playwrights. More recently, Salt Lake Acting Company has created a landscape for local audiences to access a more in-depth exploration of the work. SLAC's programs that continue to elevate the theatre experience for those on both sides of the curtain include:

New Play Sounding Series:

Free and open to the public, the NPSS is an essential component of the SLAC season: four to five staged readings of new plays, each tied to the current production and/or playwright. Celebrating its 20th year, the NPSS gives playwrights an essential testing ground in which to see their work in progress, and involves SLAC's audience in the dynamic process of new play development. The NPSS has workshopped over 70 plays, with nearly 50 percent going on to main stage productions at SLAC and other regional and national theatre companies.

Green Room Gallery:

SLAC maintains an active gallery, showcasing and selling the work of local visual artists in rotating exhibitions inspired by and tied thematically to productions on stage Curated for each play, the Green Room Gallery is a space for local artists to exhibit their work and for SLAC's audiences to reinforce the themes they see onstage. The 2014-2015 season will include work from Terence K. Stephens, Tricia Forsey Terry (TSquared Art), and Stephanie Swift (Pretty Little Pixel).

Discount ticket programs: SLAC's Student and Under 30 ticket programs are designed to meet varying financial needs of these demographic groups, and are the foundation of the company's efforts to create deeper connections with young audiences, making live theatre more accessible. This program has helped SLAC reach a larger, more diverse audience by making theatre more affordable to a younger demographic. SLAC has seen an immense period of growth over the past few seasons and these young theatre-goers are an important part of SLAC's continued vision.

Free discussion programs and performance:

Free and open to the public, these Sunday post-matinee discussions engage our audience with the director, cast, artistic crew, and whenever possible, the playwright. They examine issues and themes particular to each production and help place the relevance and tone of each play. One of the longest-running programs for SLAC, these discussions encourage thoughtful conversation among the audience and SLAC staff and artists.

Panel Discussions:

SLAC offers free panel discussions in conjunction with productions onstage, open to the public and featuring scholars and experts from the community whose work ties directly to themes raised in productions. Holding between 2-4 panel discussions each season, SLAC hosts experts and scholars to share their thoughts on the issues raised in each production. These discussions invite collaborative conversation with the audience as well. The Utah Humanities Council and KUER partner with SLAC during these discussions, which are well attended and create rich dialogue that connects themes from the stage to contemporary life.

In addition to these established community programs and partnerships, Salt Lake Acting Company is proud to announce the following new programs, reinforcing its commitment to playwrights in our community and beyond:

Playwrights' Lab at SLAC is a new program dedicated solely to the development of new scripts. With David Kranes at the helm, and modeled after the Sundance Playwrights' Lab, which he founded, the Playwrights' Lab at SLAC will take a good play, and through exploring and opening the playwright's vision, help make it stronger, deeper, and more of the play it had hoped to be when first conceived.

The David Ross Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists honors the memory of SLAC's dear friend and collaborator, David Fetzer. SLAC is proud to partner with the Foundation to offer a grant that will provide a playwright 35 years of age or younger with a week-long opportunity to develop their script with professional actors and a director, culminating in a reading on SLAC's stage August 31, 2015.

Tanner Humanities Center presents their 2015 Artist in Residence, celebrated playwright Tony Kushner, for a 3-day residency and public lecture at Kingsbury Hall on February 5, 2015. To celebrate Mr. Kushner's residency, SLAC will present a reading of his 5 short plays, Tiny Kushner on February 2, 2015 at 7pm.

This is a rich and exciting time to reaffirm support in SLAC's mission and to continue to be inspired by what is possible in the arts. For some, it is the perfect time to visit SLAC's historical space in the Marmalade Neighborhood for the first time... it is more alive than ever.

SLAC NOTES

Salt Lake Acting Company deeply thanks their many season subscribers, without whom this theatre's work would not be possible.

Season tickets are available. For tickets call 801-363-7522, visit www.saltlakeactingcompany.org, or come to the box office at 168 West 500 North, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.

SLAC is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 professional theatre founded in 1970 and is dedicated to producing, commissioning and developing new works and to supporting a community of professional artists. SLAC has been nationally recognized by the Shubert Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Edgerton Foundation, among others. SLAC operates under a STP Actors Equity Association contract. SLAC is a Constituent Member of Theatre Communications Group, a national organization for non-profit professional regional theatres, and the National New Play Network.

 

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 08:29

Mr. Perfect

by William Missouri Downs 

World Premiere

April 8 - May 3, 2015

Directed by John Caywood

Featuring performances by Darrin Doman, Stephanie Howell, Ryon Sharette, and Emilie Starr

Description

SLAC's commitment to new plays continues as it celebrates spring with the World Premiere of a 'sort of' romantic comedy, MR. PERFECT by William Missouri Downs. SLAC is proud to welcome Downs back to Utah after previously working with him on last season's hit, THE EXIT INTERVIEW. Directed by John Caywood and running April 8 – May 5, 2015, MR. PERFECT tells the story of a quirky flight attendant and romance novel junkie who thinks she's met Mr. Perfect. When it doesn't work out, she sets out to connect the random events that make up life, hoping to find the meaning of it all.

Performances will take place in the 160-seat Upstairs Theatre Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6 p.m. We will also have two Tuesday performances on April 21st and 28th and two Saturday Matinees at 2:00 p.m. on April 25th and May 2nd. MR. PERFECT will run approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.

Cast & Creative

Darrin Doman-webDARRIN DOMAN* (Ralph/Priest)

Darrin is Double D-lighted to be returning to the SLAC main stage in the world premiere of MR. PERFECT. Actually conversing with the playwright of a new work and being the first to portray a brand new character is truly a rare treat. Darrin made his Salt Lake Acting Company debut as Ben in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2005. Other SLAC stage credits include Dick Fig in THE EXIT INTERVIEW, Alan Raleigh in GOD OF CARNAGE and Charlotte von Mahlsdorf (understudy) in I AM MY OWN WIFE as well as appearances in SLAC's New Play Sounding Series—Reader, (a man enters); Dad, TRENCH COAT IN COMMON; Bart, THE THUGS; Mike, 14 and Reader, MAMMOTH. Additionally, Darrin served as Musical Director for SLAC's productions of A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD, CLICK CLACK MOO: COWS THAT TYPE and HOW I BECAME A PIRATE. He has particularly fond memories of playing Cosme McMoon in SOUVENIR for Utah Contemporary Theatre where he had the chance to act, sing and play the piano all in the same production. He works full-time at the University of Utah Hospital and recently completed a quest to see the 7 New Wonders of the World. Darrin is currently open to suggestions for future travel plans. Many thanks to the production staff, crew and cast for their hard work. Enjoy the show!

RYON SHARETTE* (Jeffrey)RyonSharette-Web


Ryon is honored to be welcomed back to SLAC this season after having played Ingersoll last year in GRANT & TWAIN. A recent graduate of the University of Utah Actor Training Program, Ryon performed for Pioneer Theatre Company's internship program as Robert Martin in EMMA and as Adrian in THE TEMPEST. For The Classical Greek Theatre Festival, his credits include Oedipus in OEDIPUS THE KING, The Herdsman in IPHIGINIA IN TAURUS, Admetos in ALCESTIS and Pentheus in THE BAKKHAI. Credits in The Babcock Theatre include Valentine in TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA, Antipholus of E. in COMEDY OF ERRORS, Chris in ALL MY SONS, Banquo in MACBETH, Jesus in THE LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, Riff Raff in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, Trigorin in THE SEAGULL and Borachio in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING. Notable roles for Salty Dinner Theatre include John Watson in SHERLOCK HOLMES, Clyde in BONNIE AND CLYDE and Frederick in PIRATES OF PENZANCE.

Emilie Starr-web

EMILIE STARR (Zooey)

Emilie is crazy excited to be a part of the Mr. Perfect cast and loves being a part of the SLAC family whether she is house managing, selling concession, or having the honor to be preforming on the main stage. Emilie is a very successful starving actress in Utah. Some of her favorite roles include Skittle Sister in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2012 , Docent in SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, Alice in CLOSER with Wasatch Theatre Company, Cavale in COWBOY MOUTH with Good Company Theater, Diana in NEXT TO NORMAL at the Zigfeld Theatre, Sarah in GRACE with Utah Rep & ATG Theatre, Ivy in BARE: A POP MUSICAL with Utah Rep, & June in MUSICAL OF MUSICALS THE MUSICAL with Old Lyric Rep. She also can be found performing Utah schools with Intermountain Health Care's " Live Well Tour". She would like to thank her loving Mom, Dad and sister Jennie for always support her terrible theatre habit. Also she would like to thank her entourage Eric, Tracy and Olivia for hanging around, some day she would like to have coat tails worthy of such an awesome entourage.

STEPHANIE HOWELL* (Donna)Stephanie Howell-web

Stephanie is thrilled to return to SLAC after performing as Jean in last season's GOOD PEOPLE. Most recently, She appeared as Evelyn in Pygmalion Theatre Company's SPARK. At Plan-B Theatre Company she performed in 3, BORDERLANDS, THE END OF THE HORIZON, THE ALIENATION EFFEKT and BASH, as well as all 10 'slam's (Plan-B's annual 24-hour theatre festival). Other local credits include ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST, BIG RIVER, FORUM and SOUTH PACIFIC at Pioneer Theatre Company, as well as productions at The Grand Theatre, The Emily Company,The Egyptian Theatre Company, Repertory Dance Theatre and Aerial Arts of Utah. Stephanie is a graduate of Northwestern University with a degree in Theatre Arts and is a member of Actor's Equity.

 

William Missouri Downs headshot for websiteWILLIAM MISSOURI DOWNS (Playwright)

William Missouri Downs is the author of THE EXIT INTERVIEW, which was produced here at the SLAC as part of a Rolling World Premiere from the National New Play Network in 2013. His other new comedy WOMEN PLAYING HAMLET is the winner of a second Rolling World Premiere and will be produced this spring by the Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, the New Theatre in Miami, and the Harrisburg Shakespeare Company in Pennsylvania. Bill has had over a hundred and fifty productions of his plays, won numerous playwriting awards, written four books on the art of theatre, playwriting and screenwriting and served as a freelance and staff writer on several NBC television shows.

 

JOHN CAYWOOD (Director)

John is pleased to return to SLAC following earlier productions of THE EXIT INTERVIEW, GOD OF CARNAGE, BATBOY, INCORRUPTIBLE and six versions of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR. John landed in SLC in 1987 from New York City for a one season residency at Pioneer Theatre Company. After 13 seasons with the company, John became Producing Artistic Director at Park City's Egyptian Theatre Company. Other Utah directing assignments include The Grand, Tuacahn, Sundance Summer Theatre and Utah Musical Theatre. Favorite projects include BATBOY, THE MUSICAL RUTHLESS, THE MUSICAL, and of course, MR. PERFECT. It is fairly clear that he prefers Utah to New York. 

JANICE JENSON* (Stage Manager)

Janice is excited to be returning to Salt Lake Acting Company after stage managing SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011. She also stage managed THE EXIT INTERVIEW, HOW TO MAKE A ROPE SWING, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, COURSE 86B IN THE CATALOGUE, DOTTIE: THE SISTER LIVES ON, GOD OF CARNAGE and CIRCLE MIRROR TRANSFORMATION. Other stage management credits include TICK, TICK...BOOM!, REEFER MADNESS, A NEW BRAIN, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (Dark Horse Theatre Company), SAM I WAS (SLAC Fringe Festival), HAIR, FAME, THE AWESOME 80'S PROM, RENTED CHRISTMAS and DANNIE AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (Egyptian Theatre). Janice is a graduate of BYU and was selected as a USITT 2008 Stage Management Mentee, where she stage managed THE HISTORY OF DRAG. She would like to thank Max for his support.

BRENDA VAN DER WIEL (Costume Design)

As always, Brenda is happy to be working for Salt Lake Acting Company. Brenda is part of the design faculty for the University of Utah Theatre Department. She designs regularly for that department as well as for Pioneer Theatre Company and for SLAC. Previously she has designed for RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, DR. SEUSS'S THE CAT IN THE HAT, GOOD PEOPLE, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, (A MAN ENTERS), HOW I BECAME A PIRATE, IF YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE, CHARM, MASTER CLASS, SIX YEARS, THE CLEAN HOUSE, ROUNDING THIRD and END DAYS for SLAC. She has also designed costumes for several of the recent productions of SATURDAY'S VOYEUR. Recent work includes RENT, A CHRISTMAS STORY, NOISES OFF, THE FOREIGNER, YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU and EMMA for PTC. She also designed for MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR, DEATH OF A SALESMAN, THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO and COMEDY OF ERRORS for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. She has designed for all but one of the U of U's CLASSICAL GREEK FESTIVAL PRODUCTIONS for the past 19 years. Before moving to Salt Lake City, Brenda also worked at the Seattle Opera, the Santa Fe Opera and the Utah Shakespearean Festival.

JAMES M. CRAIG (Lighting Design)

James has designed the lighting for more than 50 shows at Salt Lake Acting Company since 1997, most recently for RAPTURE, BLISTER, BURN, I'LL EAT YOU LAST: A CHAT WITH SUE MENGERS, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2014, GRANT & TWAIN, GOOD PEOPLE, VENUS IN FUR, SATURDAY'S VOYEUR 2013, THE EXIT INTERVIEW, MANNING UP, and BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON. He has also designed lights for Plan-B Theatre, Utah Contemporary Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, The Egyptian Theatre Company, Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Odyssey Dance Theatre, The Grand Theatre, Weber State University, The Emily Company, Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage Company, The Generic Theatre, Little Theatre of the Rockies, U of U Youth Theatre, U of U Lyric Opera Ensemble and Theatre Inc. Currently Jim is the Technical Director for the Park City Institute. He holds a BS in Theatre from Weber State University, and is a member of United Scenic Artists Local 829.

JESSICA GREENBERG (Sound Designer)

Jessica's work as a designer has taken her to many venues in New York and around the country, with diverse projects in theatre, dance, and opera. New York designs include productions with New Opera NYC, Alivewire Theatrics, Red Fern Theatre, Castillo Theatre, Two Headed Calf, Midlantic Theatre, Heiress Productions, The Exchange/Orchard Project, and Epic Theatre Ensemble Education Programs. She has also served as a lecturer or guest designer at Hampshire College, Endicott College, Amherst College, Smith College and Yale University. Jessica is currently Assistant Professor of Lighting & Sound Design at Weber State University in Ogden, UT. She holds a BA from Hampshire College and a MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. www.jessicagreenberg.com.

SANDRA SHOTWELL (Dialect Coach)

Sandra received an M.F.A. in Acting from The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, an Advanced Diploma in Voice and Speech, with Distinction, from London's Central School of Speech and Drama, is a Certified Laban-Bartenieff Movement Analyst, and is currently working toward Meisner Teacher Certification with the True Acting Institute. Sandra is very pleased to return to SLAC after dialect coaching The Persian Quarter, God of Carnage, and The Exit Interview. She has dialect coached numerous shows with Pioneer Theatre Company. She recently directed a SLAC staged reading of Bull Shark Attack, by Troy Deutsch. Sandra is a professor with the University of Utah, Department of Theatre, teaching acting, voice, speech, and text, and she loves being a foster "mom" for dogs with the Humane Society of Utah.

KEVEN MYHRE (Set & Prop Design, Executive Producer)

Keven received the Mayor's Artists Award in the Performing Arts in 2009. He was awarded the 20008 City Weekly Award for directing THE CLEAN HOUSE and MOONLIGHT AND MANGOLIAS at Salt Lake Acting Company. His other directing credits at SLAC include BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON, RED, ANGELS IN AMERICA: PARTS I & II, THE OVERWHELMING, RABBIT HOLE, I AM MY OWN WIFE; BAD DATES, KIMBERLY AKIMBO, GOING TO ST. IVES, WATER LILIES, THE MEMORY OF WATER, TWO-HEADED, THE BEAUTY QUEEN OF LEENANE, GROSS INDECENCY: THE THREE TRIALS OF OSCAR WILDE, C'EST MOI in MERE MORTALS and THREE DAYS OF RAIN. Keven has designed all of SLAC's sets and many of the costumes for the last 18 years. He has also designed 16 sets for The Grand Theatre. He designed sets for ACCORDING TO COYOTE, WEST SIDE STORY, CROW AND WEASSEL, and SOUTH PACIFIC at Sundance Theatre. His designs have also been seen at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, Utah Musical Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Kingsbury Hall and the Babcock Theatre. His work for the Utah Arts Festival includes site design for the 20th anniversary. He received a BFA from the University of Utah and a MFA in Theatre from the University of Michigan.

CYNTHIA FLEMING (Executive Producer)

Cynthia has been in the world of dance and theatre professionally for over 35 years, during which time she performed in the Broadway, national and international companies with A CHORUS LINE. In 1978 as a University of Utah Theatre student, her performing relationship with Salt Lake Acting Company began. Since 1995 she has worn many hats at SLAC, including Choreographer, Director, Box Office Manager and Director of Audience Services. She conceived and created the position of Director of Communication and Audience Development and assembled the communication team to generate a renewed energy and excitement about the theatre before taking on her current position as Executive Producer. Cynthia remains a working artist in the theatre and has choreographed SATURDAY'S VOYEUR for 16 years and directed the musical for five years. She has choreographed many SLAC productions including THE PERSIAN QUARTER; GO, DOG. GO!; BAT BOY THE MUSICAL; and WATER LILIES from CABBIES, COWBOYS AND THE TREE OF THE WEEPING VIRGIN. Cynthia is proud to serve SLAC and its mission to develop and produce vital new work.

*Members of Actor's Equity Association
ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA) – founded in 1913, represents more than 45,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society. Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans. AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org

Press & Reviews

Comedy, philosophy, and the appeal of the theatre | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | April 2, 2015

Utah theater has fun searching for 'Mr. Perfect' | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | April 3, 2015

Salt Lake Acting Company: Mr. Perfect | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | April 10, 2015

Stage review: 'Mr. Perfect' lines laughs with intriguing life questions | Salt Lake Tribune | Read Full Article Here | April 14, 2015

Mr. Perfect | City Weekly | Read Full Article Here | April 15, 2015

SLAC's MR. PERFECT is flighty fantasy fun | Utah Theatre Bloggers | Read Full Article Here | April 16, 2015

 

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