Jeff Bryan (Actors 3) has returned to Spokane after a year teaching in Spain and excited to be back on stage! His favorite credits include Trevor in The Play That Goes Wrong, Joe the Angel/Burt the Cop in It’s A Wonderful Life (both with Civic) and Brother Martin in Incorruptible (Interplayers). Jeff is particularly excited about this role in A Sherlock Carol, being his first multi-character role after a decade and a half of performing.
Rushele Herrmann (Actor 2) is excited to be on stage again after portraying Brooke in Noises Off and Chicklett in Psycho Beach Party (both at Civic). Behind the scenes she recently stage managed References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Stage Left) and The Play That Goes Wrong (Civic). Outside of the theater Rushele loves to play DnD, video games and spending time with her two dogs, Benny and Maeve, and her cat, Guy. “I want to thank my wife Claire for her support as I return to theater.”
Mathias Oliver (Actor 1) earned a BA in Theatre Arts and is one of the newest editions to the Upstart’s Theatre Company where he is very excited to begin pursuing new avenues for theatre making. Recently you may have seen him on Civic’s Main Stage as Gomez Addams in The Addams Family earlier this season. His favorite roles include Sebastian in The Little Mermaid (Fort Peck Summer Theatre), Sam Greevey in Important Hats of the 20th Century (Upstart Players), Emcee in Cabaret and Eugene Beauregarde in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (both with Civic).
Gary Pierce (Ebenezer Scrooge) is a veteran actor with a recent appearance in A Christmas Carol, where he played Scrooge and is excited to do it again! Other recent roles with Civic include It’s A Wonderful Life (as Potter), The Book of Will, Follies In Concert, and Mary Poppins. He trained at United States International University School of Performing Arts and was nominated for an AACTFest award for his performance of Zangara in Assassins. He also performed 11 seasons at Interplayers Professional Theatre and three seasons at Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre. Gary would like to thank the cast and our two directors for their invaluable support in this production.
Tamara Schupman (Actor 4, Music Director) is a local actor of The Actor’s Way- Nike Imoru Casting, CSA with various accolades including Spokane Inlander Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical [Female Authority Figure] for her role in Hairspray (Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater) and performing as an Artist in Residence at Spokane InterPlayers. Other favorite credits include Lady D’Ysquith in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Grandma in The Addams Family (both with Civic), Blanche in Broadway Bound (Interplaters) and Kate Keller in All My Sons (The Modern Theater, Coeur d’Alene). Continuing on in entertainment, Tamara has recorded 20 audio books for Books in Motion and worked as an on-air Pledge Drive Host and voiceover artist for KSPS Public TV. Offstage, she was a choral conductor and assistant to Gunther Schuller, NW Bach Festival and is phenomenally skilled grandmother of two.
Dallan Starks (Sherlock Holmes) is excited to be back on stage at Civic after is role as Richard Hannay in last season’s The 39 Steps. Other favorite credits include Gotlieb Beiderman in The Arsonists (Spokane Falls Community College) and various ensemble roles in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Civic). When not on stage, Dallan is an avid DnD player.
Jerry Sciarrio (Director) has been acting for nearly 50 years, working with most of the theatre organizations in the area. He spent 21 years touring with repertory theater ministry where he performed in 7 countries and lead workshops in Acting, Directing, and Theater History. Locally, Jerry was awarded third place in Spokane/CdA Living’s Readers Poll for Best Actor in the Region. His favorite credits at Civic include Max Bialystock in The Producers, Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and director of last season’s special performance of Exile.
Dan Bisbee (Assistant Director) is marking his first year in Spokane with his fourth production at the Civic, having acted in the 33rd Playwrights’ Forum Festival, The 39 Steps, and Bryan Harnetiaux’s Exile. He has worked on many stage, screen, and commercial projects since his days as a cast member and director of the Mask and Wig Club of the University of Pennsylvania. His first short film, Slate, Please! won Best Comedy at the Comedy Film Festival of America.
Aly Snow (Stage Manager) enjoys making the magic happen from the wings. Recent credits include Significant Other, The 39 Steps, Jersey Boys, Alice By Heart, and The Addams Family (all with Civic) and Red (Stage Left) in a variety of roles. When not at Civic, Aly can be found collaborating in finance, as well as petting their cats and adventuring with partner Alexei.
William Ledbetter (Scenic Design) is very thankful for the opportunity to work on his first production at Spokane Civic Theatre. He moved to Washington three years ago to join the faculty in the theatre program at Eastern Washington University where he shares what he has learned from 15 years of professional experience at various theaters across the country including Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Contemporary Theatre, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, and Great Lakes Theatre. An avid learner, Will has a Master’s in Public Administration from Boise State University, and a Master of Fine Arts from The Ohio State University.
Mark Fowler (Lighting Design) Originally from Indiana, Mark developed his lighting design credits in the San Francisco bay area with over 40 productions ranging from musicals, stage plays and special events. Having recently relocated to the Inland Northwest with his wife, Pam and their dachshunds, Duke and Duchess, Mark is grateful for the opportunity to work with Spokane Civic Theatre as a guest designer for A Sherlock Carol.
Jamie L. Suter (Costume Design) holds a BA in Theater Design and Technical Production with concentrations in Costume Design and Directing from Marymount Manhattan College in NYC, studying under Broadway professionals Gail Brassard, Liz Covey, and Bob Anton. Her favorite credits include Costume Design for The Wonder!: A Woman Keeps a Secret (T. Schreiber Studio), Assistant to the Costume Designer for Sweeney Todd (Avery Fisher Hall), Assistant Costume Designer for The Lucky Chance (Theresa Lang Theater), Director/Costume Designer for Seven Femmes (Rathskeller Studios), and Costume Designer for The Lost Cabaret (NYC Fringe Festival). Jamie loves being part of the fun and frivolity of live theater, and is incredibly happy to do that at her home away from home, Spokane Civic Theatre.
Bryan D. Durbin (Master Electrician) has a BA in theatre and is very excited to be back as Civic’s master electrician and lighting designer following the long hiatus. “I want to thank my family Heather, Evie, and Abby for all of their support.”
Denny Pham (Tech Director) is a local actor and the Technical Director for Spokane Civic Theatre. He holds a BA in Theatre from Eastern Washington University in Acting (Stanislavsky, Michael Chekhov and Shakespeare), and Technical Theatre with focus in Scenic Design and Lighting. He was awarded a Merit of Acting from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival for his role as Doctor Nemur in Flowers for Algernon. He is a technical theatre veteran with 10 years of experience working professionally and locally in over 115 productions both on and off stage. Favorite credits Acting: Dennis Ziegler in This Is Our Youth, Caliban in The Tempest, Trekkie Monster in Avenue Q; Scenic Design: Cabaret, The Play That Goes Wrong, Murder on the Orient Express; Lighting Design: Chicago. He is thrilled and proud to be part of a company of artists that pushes for all degrees of creativity. @Dennydpham
Alexei Snow (Light Board Operator) is excited to support Civic and local theatres. Recently he worked backstage as Fly Coordinator for The Addams Family, Light Board Operator for Alice by Heart, Deck Chief for Jersey Boys (all with Civic) and Crew for Red (Stage Left). “I would like to thank my life partner Aly Snow and dear friend Sarah Dahmen for showing me the delight of collaboration and teamwork that is theatre.”