Cast of The Clearing
Angela Bilkić (Madeleine) Angela is thankful to have worked with such a hard-working cast and patient crew. Favorite past roles include Linda Seton in Holiday, Stella in the New England Premiere of An American Wife, Claire Zachanassian in The Visit, and Douglas Schmidt in The Execution of Justice, among others. Most recently, she was seen as Christina Mundy in Brian Friel’s Dancing at Lughnasa with the Wellesley Summer Theatre Company, Belinda Blair in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off with Wellesley College Theatre and Viola/Cesario in Twelfth Night with Theatre@First in Davis Square. This past summer, she appeared in a ten-minute film short titled “Home” and currently, she is happy to be at the Boston Center for the Arts. In addition to participating in a number of theatre festivals, she received the 2011-2012 Isabelle Eastman Fisk Performance Prize for Acting. Angela is a junior at Wellesley double majoring in Anthropology and Theatre Studies.
George Cooke (Sound Design): George has been working as Audio engineer/Sound Designer in the Boston area for 16 years. His primary place of employment is Boston college, where he isbthe Sound technician for the robsham theatre Arts center. he has designed for many Bc productions including Dracula, Hamlet, Jesus Christ Superstar, and The Pirates of Penzance. George also works as an Audio engineer for corporate events and conferences. In his spare time, George enjoys ultimate Frisbee and he is the coach for the Wellesley college team.
Marge Dunn (Susaneh) is happy to return to the WST stage! With the company she has appeared in Dancing At Lughnasa, Holiday, And A Nightingale Sang (IRNE nomination), and The Last Night of Ballyhoo. A proud “founding member” of the Boston Theater Company, she recently portrayed Juliet in their production of R+J. Having graduated from Wellesley in May with a degree in Theatre and English, she is a caretaker and tutor, an acting instructor for elementary school students, and in the warm weather a narrator for the Boston Harbor Cruises. Love to Dad and the Boys, KSO.
Woody Gaul* (Robert Preston) studied acting at the University of Maine, Orono, and with the New Actors Workshop and numerous studios in New York City. Woody has been seen in the following productions: Arts After Hours: Much Ado About Nothing (Benedick), Flyleaf Theater Company: The 39 Steps (Richard Hannay), Woodland Theatre Company: The Sound of Music (Capt. von Trapp), A Chorus Line (Zach), Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig) and She Loves Me (Steven Kodaly), Apollinaire Theatre Company: Luther (Tom/Capt. James), Vokes Theater: Hamlet (Hamlet) and last seen on the Wellesley College Theatre stage in Noises Off.
Vannessa Greenleaf (Assistant Director) is so excited to be working with the Nora and the Summer Theater again. She got her start in theater at Wellesley in Nora’s production of Sonia Flew her first semester at college, and over her fours years has acted in many shows, including work with Upstage (Party Time, Almost, Maine, On the Razzle), the Wellesley College Shakespeare Society (Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream), and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company( Two Gentlemen of Verona, Cymbeline). Off stage, she has costumed for five shows, co-directed God of Carnage (Upstage), directed Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare Society), and will be directing her original play Women Who Will, People Who Do this coming spring. Love to her wonderfully supportive family, friends, and dogs, as well as to Nora and the department for this, and many other, amazing opportunities.
Will Keary* (Commissioner, Sailor, Judge) is stoked to be back at Wellesley working with such a talented cast! Previous Wellesley credits include: Dancing at Lughnasa, Holiday, And a Nightingale Sang, Seasons Greetings, Playboy of the Western World, Noises Off, Our Town, Pygmalion, the world premiere of Sense and Sensibility: The Musical, Brigadoon and Sonia Flew. Will’s Boston area theatre credits include: Crimes of the Heart, with Gloucester Stage, Romeo and Juliet and A Christmas Carol with the New Repertory Theatre, as well as Macbeth with New Rep on Tour, A Little Night Music at the Lyric Stage, Arsenic and Old Lace and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with the Company Theatre, Demonslayers at the Actors’ Workshop, Last Little Porn Shop in Manhattan at the Boston Center for the Arts.
John Kinsherf* (Solomon Winter): Is delighted to return to Wellesley Summer Theatre. New York: National Actors Theatre on Broadway, The Acting Company, Pearl Theatre, Manhattan Ensemble Theatre, Brick Theater, Judith Shakespeare, Expanded Arts. Regional: Huntington Theatre Company, New Repertory Theatre, Nickerson Theatre, Mill Mountain Theatre. John played the lead role in the short film LOVE THAT KID and performed Sonnet 107 for The NY Shakespeare Exchange’s THE SONNET PROJECT.
Natalie Solomon (Co-Stage Manager) is a sophomore from Sharon, Massachusetts. This is her third time stage managing a show here at Wellesley; last semester she stage managed You Can’t Take It With You and just recently for Noises Off. She’s very excited to be a part of this production, and would like to thank her absolutely fabulous co- stage manager, Colleen Royal for all of her help and hilarity.
Mark McIntyre* (Sir Charles Sturman) is grateful to reunite with director Nora Hussey and become a member of the Wellesley Summer Theatre Company in Helen Edumundson’s The Clearing.
Originally from Dorchester, MA, and raised in Croton-on-Hudson, NY, where he played Section 1/Division A Champion high school basketball two years in a row, McIntyre attended Alfred University and is an honors graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, NYC. First meeting Nora Hussey during a Chappaqua, NY, production of Wilder’s Our Town (Simon Stimpson), McIntyre helped form the Manhattan Conservatory Theatre, playing in Gibson’s A Cry of Players (Will Kemp). Moving with his family to Bloomington, IN, McIntyre co-founded the Indiana Shakespeare Company and Detour Productions, appearing in Hamlet (Claudius) and Mamet’s American Buffalo (Don), and another Our Town (Doc Gibbs), the premier production of the Cardinal Stage Company. Recently retired from the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, McIntyre makes his home in Cleveland, OH, where his interests include sports, music, hiking, biking, and book collecting.
Nancy Stevenson (Costume Designer) is delighted to be working on The Clearing. She received her MFA from Brandeis University for Set and Costume Design. For the past 7 years. Nancy has been resident costume designer for WellesleySummer Theatre, where she has received 3 IRNE nominations for her designs. She teaches design and designs costumes for the Wellesley College Theatre department productions and has designed costumes for Boston Children’s Theatre and Titanic Theatre. Nancy has enjoyed working with such devoted and talented people on this production, and she wants to thank her husband and 3 children for putting up with all her endeavors and the chaos that follows.
David Towlun (Set Designer) – Currently the Assoc. Production Manager at Wellesley College. NYC: Assistant to Tony Walton: Candida, The Devil’s Disciple (Irish Rep), A Tale of Two Cities(Broadway), The Sleeping Beauty (ABT – The Met), Well (Broadway). Regional Theatres: Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Wellesley Summer Theatre, Harbor Light Stage, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Allenberry Playhouse, Chester Theatre Company, Seacoast Repertory Theatre, Purchase Opera, Theatre Conspiracy, Pirate Playhouse, J. Howard Wood Theatre, FL Repertory Theatre. TV: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), Food Detective (Food Network). Education: MFA in Scenic Design; SUNY Purchase College. Awards: 3-time recipient of NH Theatre Award for Best Scenic Design. David lives in Clinton, MA his lovely wife Kimberly and their sweet, bouncing baby boy, Malcolm George and beloved cat. davidtowlun.com
Lewis D. Wheeler* (Pierce Kinsellagh) – at WST: Holiday, Last Night of Ballyhoo, Playboy of the Western World. Lewis is a founding member of Harbor Stage in Wellfleet, where he performed in The Seagull and Hedda Gabler and directed Sticks and Bones (Boston Globe Critics’ Pick). Regional: Pinter’s No Man’s Land (IRNE nominee, Best Supporting Actor) (American Repertory Theatre); Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Rancho Mirage (New Rep); A Number, Importance of Being Earnest, Glass Menagerie (Lyric Stage); Doubt, Ideal Husband (Gloucester Stage); Arcadia (IRNE nominee, Best Actor), Troilus and Cressida (Publick); Brecht’s Life of Galileo (Underground Railway); No Exit (Payomet); title roles in Hamlet, Macbeth (Shakespeare Now); Bald Soprano, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, What the Butler Saw, and five seasons with WHAT. Other regional: American Stage (Florida), Commonwealth Shakespeare Co., Huntington, Stoneham, Vineyard Playhouse, TCAN. Film/TV: The Company Men, Gone Baby Gone, Pink Panther 2, Underdog, Laddie in Louisa May Alcott (PBS), Brotherhood (Showtime), pilots Hatfields McCoys and Gilded Lilys. BA in theatre and film studies from Cornell University, MFA from American Film Institute (AFI).
Lisa Wondolowski* (Stage Manager) Lisa is pleased to be working with the Wellesley Summer Theatre again for the third time. Pervious shows include A Nightingale Sang and Holiday. She has also worked Off-Broadway for the York Theatre. Regionally she has worked at the Ogunquit Playhouse, New Rep, North East Shakespeare Ensemble. Lisa is a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.
Elisabeth Yancey (Killaine Farrell) is very grateful to be working with such a lovely and talented cast and crew in her second Wellesley Summer Theatre production! Currently a sophomore at Wellesley college majoring in Anthropology and Theatre Studies, her previous experience on the Wellesley stage includes appearances in You Can’t Take it With You as Alice Sycamore, Noises Off as Brooke Ashton, and the Wellesley Summer Theatre production of Dancing at Lughnasa as Rose Mundy. Apart from participating in a variety of department shows and community theatre elsewhere, Elisabeth has received the Lynn Gordon Bailey Award in Theatre, and the Isabelle Eastman Fisk Performance Prize for Acting. She is delighted to be a part of this production and would like to thank her friends and family for their incredible love and support.
Nora Hussey (Director) is currently the Director of Theatre and Theatre Studies at Wellesley College. She arrived there in 1990 and in the intervening time she has directed well over 60 productions for WCT. They cover a broad range from Medea (a very questionable mother figure) to the recent Boston premiere of Once We Were Mothers (loving mothers in difficult situations). In the ensuing 23 years she has been pleased and delighted to see students mature as performers and women as they move beyond campus life. In 1998 she was awarded the Pinanski Prize for Teaching. In the fall of 2009 she was named as one of the Irish Education 100. Since she arrived in Boston in 1981 she has directed well over a hundred productions up and down the East Coast and is enormously grateful for all the wonderful talent she encountered on this journey. Wellesley College Theatre has received frequent recognition for the work that it does both from the American College Theatre Festival /KCACTF and the New England Theatre Conference. Most recently the 2009 production of Waiting For the Parade received the Moss Hart Award for Theatrical Excellence (College Division) an honor the group has received twice before in recent years.
Ms. Hussey founded the professional wing of the program in 1998 with the vision of offering alumnae and undergraduates the opportunity to fully participate in the Boston theatre community. In the intervening years the company has produced over 40 productions and grown from a small non-equity company to its current status as a member of the New England Association of Theatres. The company has received numerous awards and citations for its work and continues to expand its repertoire of Boston area and American premieres. Ms. Hussey received a ‘Life-Time Achievement Award” from the IRNE committee in 2004. Some of her personal directing favorites include: Nine Armenians, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, The Trip to Bountiful, Playboy of the Western World, The Mai, Our Town, Under Milkwood, After Mrs. Rochester, The Clearing, Anna Karenina, Dancing at Lughnasa and Little Moon of Alban.
Ms. Hussey is married to Kieran Brennan and they have one son, Rory Gareth, who is a cinematographer in San Francisco. As she looks to the future, documentary film making is definitely on the horizon. Having studied with Amanda Micheli, Janet Roach and Alan Myerson at the Maine Media Workshops for three summers, she envisions further work behind a camera as well as at the theatrical tech table.