Who's Who

 

Brent Harris  BRENT HARRIS (Screwtape) is an award winning actor who has played Scar in the National Tour of The Lion King, Lucifer in Dr. Faustus, Iago in Othello, Salieri in Amadeus, Olivier in Orson’s Shadow, Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, and the title role in Macbeth. He has also performed leading roles in many of the top regional theatres in the US, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, American Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C., Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Seattle Rep, Syracuse Stage, Portland Center Stage, Philadelphia Theatre Company, the Cape Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center Rochester, Missouri Rep, Virginia Stage Company and many others. Awards: Drammy Award (Portland), Barrymore Award nomination (Philadelphia), IRNE Award nomination (Boston). New York credits include the Pearl Theatre, Promenade Theatre and The Actors Company Theatre (TACT). Television: Out of the Box and Guiding Light.

Max McLean  MAX McLEAN (Screwtape) created the role of Screwtape at Westside Theatre in New York; Mercury Theatre, Chicago and Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C.; Mark’s Gospel, Mercury Theatre, Chicago (Jeff Award, Chicago Theatre’s highest honor). Genesis at Lamb’s Theatre NYC. Favorite roles include Stanley, A Streetcar Named Desire; Peachum, The Threepenny Opera; Othello; Mr. Puff, The Critic; and Snoopy, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown; McLean has narrated The Bible five times as well as John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress; Martin Luther’s Here I Stand; St. Augustine’s Conversion; Jonathan Edwards’ Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. His narrations have received four Audie Award nominations. He is the author of two books, Journey of Jesus and Unleashing the Word, and is currently working on a stage adaptation of C. S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce.  Max is Artistic Director for Fellowship for the Performing Arts. For Sharon, Mom, Dad, Rachel, Mark, Julia, Scott, Emery, Miles & Macy. Ephesians 2:10.

C.S. Lewis C.S. LEWIS (Author) (1898-1963) was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably the most influential Christian writer of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English literature at Oxford University until 1954 when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. His major contributions in literary criticism, children’s literature, fantasy literature, and popular theology brought him international renown. He wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. His most distinguished and popular accomplishments include: The Chronicles of Narnia, The Great Divorce, Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.

Tamala Bakkensen TAMALA BAKKENSEN (Toadpipe) The Screwtape Letters (Westside Theatre), The Rats are Getting Bigger (NY Fringe), Greater Messapia (Queens Theater), Tales of Doomed Love (West End), Be Aggressive (La Jolla Playhouse), UCSD Icarus’ Mother (dir. Les Waters), Bad Family, JAW FESTIVAL (Portland Center Stage). Camera: NBC’s “Ed,” “Like a Springsteen Song,” (Indy film), Motion capture, Rock Star Video Games. MFA: UCSD. Studied dance, clown, and mask making in Bali. Feldenkrais® Practitioner, GCFP. Designated Linklater Teacher 2012.
Marissa Molnar MARISSA MOLNAR (Toadpipe) NYC: Broken Box Mime Theater (Company Member), Inwood Shakespeare Festival. DC: Synetic Theater (Helen Hayes Ensemble Awards: Romeo and Juliet - Nurse, A Midsummer Night’s Dream - Helena), Folger Theatre (Orestes: A Tragic Romp), Shakespeare Theatre Co, Round House Theatre. DIR/CHOREO: New Perspectives Theater Co, Potomac Theater Project’s After Dark Series. FILM: White Reindeer (post). marissamolnar.com

JEFFREY FISKE (Adaptation) directed Mark’s Gospel for FPA. His original play Boudica, about the woman who commanded the largest rebellion against the Roman Empire, was performed at the Bouwerie Lane Theatre. Britomart, about the female knight of The Round Table, was included in the Spoleto Festival. His experimental play Clytaemnestra earned him a playwriting fellowship with the New Jersey Council on the Arts. Jeff is a former NASA consultant and Drew University professor.

CAMERON ANDERSON (Scenic Design). Cameron designs for theater and opera both in the United States and abroad. She recently designed West Side Story at the Kilden Performing Arts Center in Norway and for the Vancouver Opera. In Argentina she recently designed Simon Boccanegra at the Teatro Colon. Theater credits include: The Language of Trees (Roundabout Underground), A Feminine Ending (Playwrights Horizons), Fault Lines (Naked Angels Theater Company) directed by David Schwimmer, Massacre (The LAByrinth Theater Co), Underground (David Dorfman Dance at BAM), A Midsummer Night’s Dream – which was nominated for a Los Angeles Drama Critics Cirlce Award - Sight Unseen and Emilie (South Coast Rep), Heddatron (Les Freres Corbusier), Dixie’s Tupperware Party (Ars Nova), Elvis People (New World Stages), Dead City, Anna Bella Eema and Belly (New Georges), and Much Ado About Nothing and Martha Mitchell Speaks (Shakespeare and Company). Opera designs include: La Cenerentola (Glimmerglass Opera), The Barber of Seville (The Opera Theatre of St. Louis), West Side Story, A Little Night Music, and Three Decembers (Central City Opera), Maria Padilla (The Minnesota Opera), Don Giovanni (Wolf Trap Opera), Das Liebesverbot (USC Thornton School of Music), Cosi fan Tutte (Seattle Opera), The Village Singer (The Manhattan School of Music), Gypsy Songs (Gotham Chamber Opera/The Morgan Library), The Consul (Opera Boston), and La Bohème (The San Francisco Opera Center). cameronanderson.net

MICHAEL BEVINS (Costume Design) is thrilled to be part of this amazing work. Thanks Max McLean and Ken Denison! Michael is a twenty-year veteran of the fashion industry and has recently been focusing his abilities on costume design for film and theater. Recent film credits include The Killing of John Lennon (2007 Tribeca Film Festival Special Jury Prize), Made of Each Other with George Segal, Down the Shore with James Gandolfini, and A Novel Romance with Steve Guttenberg. He has also designed costumes for numerous Off Broadway plays, including Sidd, White’s Lies with Betty Buckley, All Eyes and Ears, Machiavelli, Good Ol’ Girls, and the past 4 years of Summer Shorts featuring original short plays by prominent writers including Neil LaBute, Christopher Durang, Will Scheffer, and Tina Howe. michaelbevins.com

JOHN GROMADA(Composer/Sound Designer) Broadway: original scores and sound designs for more than 30 productions including The Best Man, Clybourne Park, The Columnist, Seminar, Man and Boy, The Road to Mecca, Next Fall, Proof, Dividing the Estate, Prelude to a Kiss, A Bronx Tale, Well, Rabbit Hole, A Streetcar Named Desire, Twelve Angry Men, SightUnseen, A Few Good Men, and more. Other NY: The Orphans’ Home Cycle, Secrets of the Trade, Shipwrecked!…, Bach at Leipzig, Small Tragedy, many others. The Public Theater: Measure for Measure, The Singing Forest, Henry V, Julius Caesar, Tartuffe, Skriker, Machinal, The Swan, others. Regional: more than 300 productions. Television: The Interrogators. Awards: 3 Drama Desk Awards, Lucille Lortel, Obie, Henry Hewes, Eddy, Drama-Logue, NEA Opera Music Theatre Fellowship, Connecticut Critics Circle. For more info and music, visit johngromada.com

JESSE KLUG (Lighting Designer) Off Broadway: The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity (Lortel, Hewes Nomination), The Screwtape Letters (Off Broadway and National Tour), The Hunchback Variations, Romulus, and The Hourglass. Regional: Goodman Theatre, Drury Lane, Broadway in Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare, Marriott Theatre, Victory Gardens, Lookingglass Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Asolo Rep, Court Theatre, Writers Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory, Geffen Playhouse, Fulton Theatre, Portland Center Stage, Indiana Repertory, American Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Northlight Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Timeline Theatre Company. He is a Jeff and After Dark Award recipient. jessekluglightingdesign.com

NOREEN HERON & ASSOCIATES (Press Representative) is a full service PR, Marketing, & Advertising agency. National Tours: The Singalong Wizard of Oz. Numerous concert engagements at arena theaters representing such artists as Prince, Fleetwood Mac, Wynonna Judd, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, The Beach Boys, Linda Eder, Michael Feinstein, Jewel, Andre Rieu, and Linda Ronstadt.  Clients have also included Sesame Street Live, the ‘04/’08 Olympic Superstars, the ‘11 Champions Challenge (McEnroe, Bjorg, Agassi), Barney Live!, the Highland Games, and the Harlem Globetrotters. The agency represents large Chicago regional theaters including Drury Lane and Marriott Theatre as well as First Folio. Other corporate clients have included Hyatt Hotels, Massage Envy, and Smirnoff. heronpr.com.

TECHNICAL THEATER SOLUTIONS, LLC (Production Management) is a company of dedicated theater professionals based in Charleston, South Carolina USA. The main focus of the company is technical direction for live theatrical events. In addition, we work as theater consultants, scenic fabricators, painters and installers. We are delighted to be part of The Screwtape Letters team. Other clients include: Disney Cruise Line, Inc., Spoleto Festival USA, Mabou Mines, and Worklight Productions international tour of “Green Day’s American Idiot”.  Please visit our website at technicaltheatersolutions.com for more information.

BILL CASTELLINO (Production Supervisor) Premieres: Grumpy Old Men, Jolson, Reflections, Dr. Radio, Cagney, Dorian Gray, Lizzie Borden, Heartbeats, Miklat, Fishwrap, Holiday For Hope, House Divided, Singing Weatherman, Happy Holidays, Presidents, Crash Club, Beautiful Dreamer, Another Summer, Breathe and others. Also: Ionescopade, Tarzan, Rocky Horror, Spelling Bee, Rent, Carousel, Drood, Godspell, La Cage, Music Man, West Side, Chicago, Joseph, Tommy, Little Shop, Beehive, Evita, Slab Boys, Oliver, Cabaret, Abyssinia, Rap Master, Last Five Years, Spitfire, Smokey, Hair, etc. Tours: Fame, Presidents, Jolson, Chess, Nightclub Cantata, Tomfoolery, Esther, Les Miserables.  Member: SDC, AEA, DG. Jefferson, 4 LA Weekly, 11 Drama-logue Awards; Carbonelle, Lortel, Off-Broadway Alliance Nominations.

LEW MEAD (Technical Supervisor) Broadway credits include: A Chorus Line, Dreamgirls, Bring Back Birdie, Onward Victoria, Tom Sawyer, Urinetown, The King and I and Wonderful Town. Lew was the founder of ProMix, a theatrical audio company, Syntonic Design Group, a corporate theater audio company and Autograph A2D, an audio distribution company located in New York and London.

KEN DENISON (Executive Producer) currently General Manages the national tour of C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Almost Heaven, John Denver Holiday Concert and the development of the musicals Dr. Zhivago, A Moment in Time, Robin and the 7 Hoods, An Officer and a Gentleman, Grumpy Old Men and Stormy Weather. His experience as a producer and general manager extends over twenty-four years including numerous original pre-Broadway and Broadway productions. He Associate Produced the original Tony Award winning production of Disney’s The Lion King in all its domestic and international markets. Mr. Denison’s producing credits include the Tony-nominated Broadway revival of The Elephant Man, starring Billy Crudup and Rupert Graves, and Forever Plaid, the longest-running show in San Diego’s history. As a co-producer he has been involved in the productions of Sylvia, Shear Madness, Senior Class, and Gates of Heaven.

ARUBA PRODUCTIONS (General Management) develops, manages, produces, and licenses theatrical properties. Current productions include Stormy Weather, A Moment in Time, Dr. Zhivago, An Officer and A Gentleman, Robin and the 7 Hoods, Grumpy Old Men, C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters, Good Ol’ Girls, Mark’s Gospel, Bingo the Musical, Brooklyn the Musical, His Greatness (London Production), John Denver Theatrical Properties including Almost Heaven, Whisper.

FELLOWSHIP FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (Producer) FPA was founded by Max McLean as a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, donor supported arts organization whose mission is to produce theatre from a Christian worldview that engages a diverse audience. FPA has developed award-winning theatrical productions in major theatres and performing arts centers across America. It has, also, produced critically acclaimed audio book narrations of classic Christian works. A member of ECFA since 1996.

FPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS Paul Bradshaw, Glenn Gault, Katherine Leary, Max McLean, Anne Waldie.

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