THe CREATIVE TEAM:
( Creator, Producer, Director - Ensemble: Proprietor Curan Fortinbras )
Received Honors in Direction from U.C. Irvine, where he studied under Dr. Keith Fowler and Bill Rauch (artistic director of The Oregon Shakespeare Festival). He has independently directed, produced and worked in feature films (The UpButton), TV (ABC's Castle), music videos (Milo Greene for Warner Records). He has staged immersive theatre in Northern California, with The Deadly Harvest and in Omaha, with Walk the Night.
Wai Yim ( Choreographer / co-director )
Wai Yim also co-directed and choreographed last year's production of Walk The Night. As an actor, he was last seen as The Lama in Sarah Ruhl's The Oldest Boy in Kansas City (Unicorn Theatre). He recently toured internationally with Mary Zimmerman's The White Snake (Old Globe, Wuzhen Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre Center, Goodman Theatre). Other theatre credits include: Frederick, Narnia, and James and the Giant Peach (Rose Theater), The Archeology of Birdsong, Full Circle, Knives Out, and Passion.Play (ætherplough), The Taming of the Shrew, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Merry Wives of Windsor (Nebraska Shakespeare Festival), and A Christmas Carol (Nebraska Theatre Caravan). Mr. Yim has choreographed numerous productions and is the resident choreographer for aetherplough (www.aetherplough.com). He is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
Bill Grennan ( Producer / Sound Designer )
is a professional actor, writer, and creative consultant. As a proud member of Actors' Equity Association, he has performed across the country on stage, screen and voice over. He is currently leading workshops in Science Communication at Creighton University, using theatrical techniques to help scientists better communicate their work. His writing has been published by The Reader, KVNO Public Radio, and NET.
HOMERO VELA ( PRoducer / Lighting Designer )
The BLUEBARN Theatre (Artistic Sponsor)
exists to enhance the cultural life of Omaha, Nebraska
by producing professionally executed, boundary breaking plays that ignite a passion
for the art form. BLUEBARN is dedicated to theatre’s most important tradition:
to provoke thought, emotion, action, and change.
More at: bluebarn.org/
JOSH DOUCETTE ( Edmund ; Fight Choreographer )
Josh Doucette is extremely pleased to be returning to Walk The Night, where he was seen last year as Hamlet. He has worked regionally with Chicago Shakespeare, Steppenwolf Theatre, The Pearl Theatre, and Nebraska Shakespeare, among others. He received a BFA from Creighton University, and an MFA from The Chicago College of Performing Arts. Josh is also a singer-songwriter and recently released his debut album: find it on iTunes or at www.joshdoucette.com
Andre McGraw (france)
JOHN HATCHER ( Demon to Goneril Lear )
has been acting for over 35 years now, all over the country. Studied theatre at UNO and ISU, has got a collection of guitars which he plays on a regular basis (closet musician). And he loves to cook. Cooks everyday, for a family of four, who eat four different things at dinner time.
REGINA PALMER ( "Sweet" Fool )
is absolutely delighted to be a part of this new, innovative theater endeavor, alongside such amazing and talented artists. It's unlike any show she has ever done, and she would love if you chose to walk the night with her. not available at this time.
Aaron Ellis ( Oswald )
has a B.A. in theatre from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He has been in shows across town at The Rose Theatre, Omaha Community Playhouse and SNAP! When he's not onstage he teaches dance at Broadway at the Rose and is an actor-educator for R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
TERI FENDER ( Demon to Regan Lear )
A longtime Omaha community theater actor, Teri has performed at nearly every local venue over the span of twenty-plus years. Some of her favorite roles include: Mrs. Daldry in Sarah Ruhl’s In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, Edward Hyde #4 and various roles in Jeffrey Hatcher’s Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Trisha in Alan Ball’s Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, and most recently, Gertrude in last year’s production of Walk the Night. She hopes you enjoy walking the night with her, and with her brilliant fellow cast members, once again.
MOIRA MANGIAMELI ( LEAR )
Moira Mangiameli is a familiar face to area theatergoers. She has performed in plays at many local theatre venues including the Blue Barn, SNAP ! Productions, the Omaha Community Playhouse, Nebraska Shakespeare, and several others. Most recently, Moira appeared as Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town at the Blue Barn Theatre, and as Sonia in Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike for SNAP, for which she received the Theatre Arts Guild award for Best Actress. Moira has also directed plays for Creighton University, the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Nebraska Theatre Caravan, Iowa Western Community College, Broad Street Theatre, and several others. She is the former Theatre Program Chair at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, IA, and served as Director of Education for Nebraska Shakespeare on the Green and the Ocala Civic Theatre in Ocala, FL.
RayDell Cordell iii (Edgar)
Raydell is excited to be part of the Walk the Night ensemble this year! Loving the stage, Raydell has been in numerous productions throughout the community. Some of his favorite and recent shows would include: The Reluctant Dragon at the Rose Theater, Enron at the Omaha Community Playhouse, The Compleat Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and 2-Minute Shakespeare with Nebraska Shakespeare, A Behanding in Spokane at The Blue Barn, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Twelfth Night at University of Nebraska at Omaha. In addition, Raydell had the privilege to travel to London and participate in workshops with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Raydell has a BA in Theatrefrom the University of Nebraska at Omaha and he plans on auditioning for a MFA Acting program to further his training. He would like to thank everyone who has supported him: family, friends and the theatre community here in Omaha!
Britta Tolefstrud ( Persephone )
Ben Beck ( Gloucester )
Ben Beck is an Omaha-based actor, director, and playwright. He is truly honored to participate in this extraordinary piece of theatre. Thanks to Spencer! Here's to another twenty years. Shameless amounts of love to Sam.
Jenna Briggs ( Cordelia Lear )
Cara Walters ( "Bitter" FOOL )
Cara holds a BFA in Film and Television from Savannah College of Art and Design, where she regularly participated in classical theater. She is currently a freelance producer/director for networks such as A&E, Investigation Discovery, and TLC. Recently, she has moved to Omaha and is thrilled to be apart of Walk The Night alongside some totally awesome folks.
Nick Zadina (Kent)
Nick Zadina has been performing on Omaha stages for the past 15 years. He has performed in plays at the Blue Barn Theatre, the Omaha Community Playhouse, the Shelterbelt theatre, SNAP! Productions, and many more. He has also directed several productions and occasionally writes plays, some of which have been produced. Nick has an undergraduate degree from Creighton University and a Master’s degree from UNO, each in theatre, and is presently working towards a Master’s degree in counseling from UNO. Nick also utilizes educational theatrical practices at Project Harmony, the Child Advocacy Center in Omaha, where he has been a training specialist for the past three years.
Cassi Moucka ( Goneril Lear ) a lifelong Omaha artist / activist, is delighted to be back with Walk the Night after playing one of the proprietors last year. A proponent of the arts in public education, she teaches 7th grade English and sponsors the drama club at Millard Central Middle School. She owns GPS (Global Peace Studio) for Yoga & Creativity where she facilitates workshops on creativity and wellness, most recently leading a book study of Julia Cameron's The Artist's Way. She runs a women's spirituality discussion group, " Diana's Bow." Upcoming projects: directing a production of Eve Ensler's The Good Body with V-Day Omaha, editing A Rainbow of Words, an LGBTQIA anthology as a fundraiser for Heartland Pride, and writing a young adult speculative fiction novel series called Inspiration. She loves her husband, tea, cats, books, and dresses with pockets.
Ryann Woods (Albany Lear )
Hilary Williams ( Props / Set Design )
an actress based out of Chicago, Illinois; a proud company member of LiveWire Chicago Theatre, and employee of Catharsis Productions. She performs all over the country for Catharsis and all over the city of Chicago with various companies. She is excited this spring to work with the Chicago Hypocrites on Three Sisters. This is her 2nd production as props master. The best design tells its own story, and she hopes you enjoy what the ghosts of Walk the Night have left behind through their books, boxes, and more.
Lora Kaup ( Costume Design )
Kristalynn Busskohl ( Stage Manager )
Andrew Heringer ( Musician )
Brady Wells (Musician)
Kristin Zahra (Visual Artist)