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DAVID M. LUTKEN (Original Cast) David studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in Europe and the United Kingdom, at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. His debut in the West End was the 2011 production of Woody Sez, which was included in the long list of nominees for the Ned Sherrin Evening Standard Award for Best Musical. BROADWAY: Inherit the Wind; Ring of Fire; The Civil War; The Will Rogers Follies. NY CITY OPERA: Benjamin Britten's Paul Bunyan (Balladeer). OFF-BROADWAY: Southern Comfort, Stars in Your Eyes; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show; Woody Guthrie’s American Song; Winter Man. REGIONAL THEATER (UK): Dark of the Moon, Bonnie and Clyde, A Month in the Country. (USA): Man of La Mancha; Elmer Gantry; Finian’s Rainbow; Big River; Pump Boys and Dinettes; The Love List; Death in England; On Golden Pond; The Man Who Came to Dinner; Fire on the Mountain; Stand By Your Man; In the Deep Heart’s Core. DARCIE DEAVILLE (Original Cast) Pilots and musicians are of the same breed. They all have their heads in the clouds, Darcie muses. Born in Toronto to bush helicopter/ journalist parents, she lived in Northern Canada and constantly moved around North America, from one culture to another. At 16, she left home, making her living as a Toronto street musician, and has since toured from the Yukon Territories to Central America, Europe to the Far East. Now in Austin, Texas, Darcie is well known for her fiery fiddling and singing her American roots based songs, and working with artists including Ani di Franco, Tom Paxton, Mary Gauthier, David Lindley, Eliza Gilkyson, and Slaid Cleaves. A multi-instrumentalist, Darcie's guitar playing is a well kept secret. She was the first woman (and first Canadian) to enter the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield KS, taking her place in the top 10. A writer, producer, musical director and coach, Darcie's theatre work includes the 2001multiple productions of Woody Guthrie's American Song, Back Bog Beast Bait, Cottonpatch Gospel, and Always, Patsy Cline. The latest of her five CDs is called Livin' on the Lucky Side (Taller Dog Music). Darcie is currently in a band called the Austin Lounge Lizards.
HELEN JEAN RUSSELL (Original Cast) grew up making music. After relocating from a small town in Maryland to New York City, she switched her focus to acting, which led to producing variety shows that featured The City Singers, an a capella choir that she cofounded and directed. Helen is an original cast member of Woody Sez and was part of its 2007 debut in Edinburgh, as well as subsequent tours throughout the UK and Europe, the American debut at the Lyric in Oklahoma, the Arts Theatre in London's West End, and at A.R.T. in Boston. At home in Manhattan, she works as an actor, musical director and publishing technology consultant. Helen was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Lead Actress in 2012. Her debut CD, Holly Days, was released in 2008, and she is currently working on a second. “Her voice, pure and supple, handed down through generations, recalls the rich and rolling piedmont of her native home.”

ANDY TEIRSTEIN (Original Cast) In addition to performing, Andy writes music inspired by the rich and diverse folk roots of modern culture.  His compositions have been described by The New York Times and The Village Voice as "magical," "ingenious," and "superbly crafted." A student of Leonard Bernstein and Henry Brant, Teirstein writes music for the concert hall, film, theater, and dance. His newest CD, The Open String, will be released on Naxos Records in August, featuring David Lutken narrating "The Shooting of Dan McGrew."  He has composed film scores for BBC and PBS. A Blessing on the Moon premiered in 2012, and two of his musicals, Winter Man and Skels recieved NEA Opera/Musical Theatre Awards. Andy received his MFA at NYU, where he studied with Stephen Sondheim & Arthur Laurents. He extended his musical education in the pubs of Ireland and performing as a musical clown with a Mexican circus. He is currently an Associate Arts Professor at NYU.

DAVID FINCH (Cast) An actor/musician specializing on strings and horns, Mr. Finch has played beside artists as diverse as Alan Cumming, Serj Tankian, Tony Bennett Amanda Palmer, Justin Bond, and Dee Snider. As a member of the cast of the TONY award-winning revival of Cabaret, he performed on Broadway at the infamous Studio 54 and toured with the show throughout the U.S., Canada and Japan. He made his London West End debut in 2011 with Woody Sez.  Other productions of Woody include its U.S. premiere at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, the American Repertory Theatre’s production and appearances at the Edinburgh Fringe and Glasgow Celtic Connection Festivals. Mr. Finch's Off- Broadway credits include Fame on 42nd Street and the New York premiere of Tennessee Williams’ 60-year-old play, Spring Storm. He also spent several years touring Europe, the U.S. and Canada with Fame the Musical and regionally has performed in Prometheus Bound also at A.R.T., Hank Williams’ Lost Highway, Grapes of Wrath, 1940s Radio Hour, Fiddler on the Roof, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story and Cotton Patch Gospel. Mr. Finch is proud to have been an Associate Producer at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS in NYC from 2004–2006.  His CD -the fiddle made me do it- is on iTunes. He is also the co-creator and Musical Supervisor of Careless Love: A Down Home Musical. Mr. Finch makes his home in Brooklyn, NY. LEENYA RIDEOUT (Cast) Broadway: War Horse; Cyrano de Bergerac (w/ Kevin Kline); Company (Jenny); and Cabaret. Off-Broadway: Yiddle with a Fiddle, American Jewish Theatre; The Portable Pioneer and Prairie Show, Melting Pot Theatre Company; and Cowgirls, Minetta Lane Theatre. Regional: The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Gypsy, Hangar Theatre; Holidays with the Chalks, Alliance Theater; Merrily We roll Along (Gussie), Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park; Man of La Mancha (Aldonza), ACCC; Cardenio, ART; Summer of 42, Mill Mountain Theater; The Canterbury Tales, Guthrie Theater; Guys and Dolls (Sarah), North Carolina Theatre; Avenue X, Cincinnati Playhouse; and Honky Tonk Highway, Florida Studio Theatre. International Tour: My Fair Lady (Eliza). Film: Mona Lisa Smile; Loser; and Bittersweet. Television/Radio: Company (PBS); Cyrano de Bergerac (PBS); My Favorite Broadway (PBS); Nashville Star (USA Network), Jerry Lewis Telethon, and Selected Shorts (NPR). Concert: Wall to Wall Broadway (Symphony Space); Nothing Like a Dame 2007; and Bringing Broadway Back Home (Fort Collins Symphony) Leenya is an honor graduate of the University of Colorado and her original songs are available at leenya.com.

 

 

MEGAN LOOMIS (Cover) Megan was born and raised in Rochester, NY, and has been performing professionally in and around New York City since moving there 13 years ago. She moved here with dreams of becoming an opera star, but her instrumental skills and passion for the theatre ended up drawing her in a much different direction. Megan has been lucky to be a part of Woody Sez both at the Lyric Theatre Oklahoma and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. She was on the both the National and Asian tours of Sam Mendes’ Cabaret playing Helga and understudying Sally Bowles and Kost. She also toured the U.S. in John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd where she was the standby for Mrs. Lovett and the Beggarwoman. Megan has used her fiddle skills in 3 productions of Ring of Fire at Flat Rock, Merry-Go-Round, and Ivoryton Playhouses, respectively. Megan studied voice performance at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and also at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. She recently performed her one woman show The Girl in the Band as a part of the Emerging Artists Theatre’s One Woman Standing Series, and is currently a member of the First National Tour of War Horse.

KEVIN BARRY CROWLEY (Cover) Kevin lives and works in Chicago as an actor/teaching artist. He received an MFA in Acting from the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He he has previously been seen with The Back Room Shakespeare Project, The Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Children's Theater, The House Theater of Chicago, Route 66 Theater Company, Silk Road Rising, Filament Theatre Ensemble and others. Originally hailing from Western Massachusetts, Kevin began playing music and acting in high school and has been fortunate enough to call upon both skill sets for many projects including Woody Sez.

WILLIAM WOLFE HOGAN (UK) Bilingual actor-musician William graduated from Goldsmiths’ College with an honours degree in Drama and French. Theatre credits include UK No. 1 Tours: Dan Cassidy in The Eva Cassidy Story, Captain Tempest in Return To The Forbidden Planet, Schlomo Metzenbaum in Fame (also Sweden and Norway Arenas Tour and West End); Bob Cratchitt in A Christmas Carol (Derby Playhouse), Sister Josephine in Sister Josephine Kicks The Habit (UK Tour), Vittorio Vidal in Sweet Charity (Oldham Coliseum), Pike in Black Eyed Susan (Theatre Royal, Bury St. Edmunds) Beauty and the Beast (The New Vic, Newcastle-Under-Lyme), City of Angels (The Landor, London) and The Ballad of Little Jo (The Bridewell, London). He has recorded on numerous albums as a vocalist and violinist and is founding member of jazz-rock trio Wolfe Hogan. Screen credits include feature films; Didier, Martyr, The Wedding Ensemble and Fedz; several short films including Avenue de Nullepart and Sacrifice; TV work includes New Apple Pie, and Sans Frontières (Arté/La 5, France) and as Gregory Blaine in BBC1's Doctors.

RUTH CLARKE-IRONS (UK) Ruth comes from South Wales and now lives in North London. She gained a music degree from Exeter University before studying Musical Theatre at Central School of Speech and Drama. Projects since drama school include And the World Goes ‘Round (Landor Theatre), The Merchant of Venice (Arcola), Failed States (Pleasance, Edinburgh) and The Busy Body (Southwark Playhouse) . Ruth is also the resident Musical Director of Principal Theatre Company, which specializes in outdoor musical Shakespeare productions in London. Recent productions with them include Midsummer Night's Dream and Julius Caesar. More than anything Ruth loves playing instruments and singing, and has spent many years learning several instruments including piano, flute, viola and more recently, the cello. She has been a keen folk singer and guitarist since discovering Joni Mitchell and Fairport Convention in her early teens.

ELEANOR BRUNSDON (London Cover) Eleanor trained at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. Her theatre credits include The Comedian (Watermill Theatre), The Wind In The Willows and The Greek Plays (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Tom Sawyer (West End), August (Theatre Clwyd – directed by Anthony Hopkins) Chinamen (Sevenoaks Playhouse), A Midsummer Nights Dream and Teechers (Nuffield Theatre), Say Something Happened (Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells), The Yiddish Queen Lear (Bridewell Theatre, London), What If (Pop Up Theatre), The Ballad of Mad Dog Creek (Eastern Angles). Eleanor has also appeared in a number of films, including playing Megan in I Shaved My Legs For This and Sam in The Fall with South Bank Productions.
 
AINDRIAS DE STAIC (London Cover) Aindrias has been described in the media as ‘a captivating yarn-spinner’. He is also an accomplished musician and actor. He won the Best Actor award at the Geelong Film Festival, Australia for Malarkey (dir. Joe Loh 2006) and The Galway Music Award 2007. Born in Galway, his rich and rare style of fiddling is as unique to the west of Ireland as his story-telling, antics and humor. Aindrias is known internationally for his one man show Around the World on 80 Quid which won Best Solo Show at New Zealand Fringe, rave reviews throughout Australia, and a nomination for Most Outstanding Performer at the Dunedin Fringe Festival 2008. The Year I Got Younger, a spoken word novel loosely based on his own experience of travelling in Australia, became a one-man theatre show, nominated for the Malcolm Hardee Award. Aindrias’ screen work includes Ras na Rún (TG4), The Clinic (RTE), Neighbours (Channel Ten), Green Freedom and Summer of My Flying Saucer (both for Magma Films), Aindrias recently played the lead role of Michael in Moment of Grace, which won the Bright Spark Award at Trop Fest 2010. He also played lead role Rafteiri in the Irish language feature film Mise Rafteiri for TG4.
BRIAN GUNTER (Shreveport Woody) Brian has had a long and happy association with the art of Woody Guthrie, having performed in over a dozen regional productions of Woody Guthrie's American Song including productions at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Northlight Theatre in Chicago, The Delaware Theatre Company, and Berkeley Rep, for which he received a Bay Area Critic's Circle Award. Other favorite credits include The Caine Mutiny Court Martial and Anna Christie at San Jose Rep, Hank Williams: Lost Highway and Off the Map at the Depot Theatre, Smoke on the Mountain at Northlight and Fire on the Mountain at Florida Studio Theatre. He has a BA in Theatre from Wichita State University and an MA in Theatre from Northwestern University.

MIMI BESSETTE (Boston Cover) Mimi recently played the role of Emma Parker in the Broadway musical Bonnie & Clyde. Other credits include: Broadway: A Christmas Story (workshop w/Beau Bridges), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Dawn). Off-broadway: Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), Smoke on the Mountain (Denise) and Good Ol’ Girls. National tours: Parade, Big River, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Angel) and Keep on the Sunny Side (Maybelle Carter). Regional: Always...Patsy Cline (Patsy), Hank Williams Lost Highway (Mama Lilly and the Waitress), Woody Guthrie’s American Song (Young woman), Cowgirls (Lee), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Prudie), The Sound of Music (ria) and Nunsense (Sister Amnesia). Mimi is the producer and singer on her album Lullabies of Broadway, which was nominated for Best Children’s Album: New York Music Awards.

EMILY CASEY (Chicago Cover) Emily joins the Woody Sez gang by way of Chicago, where she currently resides. Originally from Wheaton, Illinois, Emily was raised playing old-timey tunes in her family band.  Previous theatre credits include Pirates of Penzance (The Hypocrites and Regional Tour to A.R.T. ), Sirens (Fox Valley Repertory), Mad Dog Blues (Hootenanny Productions), Comedy of Errors (Chase Park Theatre), Scapin (Hope Summer Repertory Theatre) You can see Ms. Casey in Chicago playing Yum-Yum/ the Mikado in Mikado (The Hypocrites) this winter.  Also, Emily looks forward to returning to American Repertory Theatre this spring with Pirates of Penzance.  Thanks to her dad for teaching her tunes on the fiddle, mandolin and guitar from a young age. 
 
 
  PATRICK BUDDY (Milwaukee Cover)   ELYSE EDELMAN (Milwaukee Cover)

CREATIVE TEAM
  NICK CORLEY (Director/Co-Deviser) Nick made his West End and A.R.T. directing debut with Woody Sez. (Evening Standard Award “Best Musical” nomination) He has directed many world premieres including Woody Sez for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the off-Broadway/NY productions of Tall Grass, Flight (Callaway Award Nomination), About Face (NYMF best direction nomination), Fables In Slang, Tim and Scrooge, The Overcoat, and Tallboy Walkin’. Regional premieres include The Civil War (co-directed with Gregory Boyd at Houston’s Alley Theatre), A Young Lady of Fashion (Fulton Opera House -also co-author) and Eliot Ness...in Cleveland (Denver Theatre Centre - also a co-author). As former artistic director of Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma he directed Sweeney Todd (starring Jeff McCarthy and Emily Skinner) The Music Man, The Who’s Tommy, and Steel Magnolias. Other directing credits include The Bomb-itty of Errors (Adirondack Theater Festival and St. Louis Rep. - 4 Kevin Kline nominations), Mother Russia (Carnegie Hall), The Little Foxes (Fulton Opera House), and The Robber Bridegroom, Drood, Man of La Mancha, Bat Boy, A Little Night Music and Lucky Stiff all for The Commons Group in Vermont. He has directed over 100 workshops and readings, many of them for NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Writing Program. His appearances as a performer include Broadway (Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, She Loves Me), off-Broadway, regional theatre, film (Kissing Jessica Stein), recordings, and television.

SHERRY LUTKEN (Associate Director Chicago, Washington, D.C.) Off –Broadway and Regional musical staging, choreography and directing credits include: The Bourgeois Gentleman, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Stars in Your Eyes and Anything Goes. Sherry was part of the regional reinvention of Ring of Fire in 2009 at North Carolina’s Flat Rock Playhouse. She directed subsequent productions at the Merry-Go-Round Playhouse and in Ivoryton, Connecticut. She has danced in New York at the Duke on 42nd (Tap City), Town Hall (w/ Bill Irwin), at the Joyce Soho and many others. Her acting credits include: Crimes of the Heart (Babe), The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Lala), Brighton Beach Memoirs (with Robert Sean Leonard), and Abigail in the 2008 Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.

  LUKE HEGEL-CANTARELLA (Scenic Designer) Luke is making his London debut with Woody Sez which he originally designed for the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. New York credits include work at The Atlantic Theatre Company, Lucille Lortel, HERE, The Lambs, and the 2004 Whitney Biennial. Internationally he designed Blue Shade at the Rozentheatre, Amsterdam and Redwood Curtain for the American University-Cairo. Luke has worked extensively in regional theatre, including projects at Yale Rep., Pittsburgh Public Theatre, CITY Theatre, Two Rivers Theatre Company, Berkshire Theatre Festival, TheaterWorks, Barrington Stage Company, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Adirondack Theatre Festival, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and the Prince Music Theatre. Designs for Opera include La Clemenza di Titio at Wolftrap, Cosi fan Tutte at Curtis and La Traviata at Peabody. He was art director for the second season of the hit FX show Damages (starring Glenn Close) and has worked as a set designer on the films Julie & Julia, Pink Panther 2, State of Play, Synecdoche New York and The Accidental Husband. Luke is head of the set design program at the University of California-Irvine and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

MATT FREY(Lighting Designer) Matt’s recent projects include Freefall with Dublin-based Corn Exchange at the Abbey Theatre; Credo at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival featuring new work by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jonsi Birgisson (both of Sigur Ros) and Alex Somers; Orange, Hat, and Grace at Soho Rep; This Wide Night with Naked Angels; Melissa James Gibson’s This at Playwrights Horizons; Heidi Schrek’s Creature with P73 and New Georges; Jack’s Precious Moment also with P73; and Happy Now? at Primary Stages, all in NYC. Other credits include: Brooklyn Academy of Music, Ridge Theater Company, NY Theatre Workshop, Theatre for a New Audience and Paper Mill Playhouse, as well as many other theatres, regional and abroad.

JEFFREY MEEK (Costume Designer) Jeffrey is in his twelfth season as costume designer and this past fall was privileged to costume his fiftieth production with Oklahoma’s Lyric Theatre. For ten years, Jeffrey served as principal costumer for The Ohio Light Opera. He has been privileged to work with such companies as The Point Theatre, Jewel Box Theatre, Carpenter Square, The Eastman School of Music and Colossal Studios. Jeffrey also designed Romeo and Juliet for Oklahoma City’s Reduxion Theatre Company. He has designed A Christmas Carol: The Musical, Annie and Disney’s High School Musical for Casa Manana Theatre. For the past five years he has designed A Very Merry Pops for the OKC Philharmonic. He has also branched out into the film, designing wardrobe most recently for Pearl Carter Scott with Media 13.

  MARY COSSETTE PRODUCTIONS (Executive Producer) Mary Cossette’s generosity and enthusiasm have brought Woody Sez to life. A long-time fan of Woody Guthrie’s music and message, she is pleased to have been the executive producer of this show from its initial development and production at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2007 through its European engagements to the West End premiere, which was nominated for the Evening Standard Ned Sherrin Award for Best Musical of 2011.
   From her childhood in Hollywood in its heyday, to twenty-five years as the wife of the late, legendary impresario Pierre Cossette, Mary Cossette has been a strong theatrical presence behind the scenes. Cossette Productions’ music and entertainment credits, thirty-five years of the televised Grammy Awards and numerous other U.S. and Canadian programs, include acclaimed Broadway productions: The Egg, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Tommy Tune Tonight, The Civil War, and The Will Rogers Follies which garnered six Tony Awards.Mary Cossette Productions carries on this tradition with support of works both Off-Broadway—Mind Games starring Keith Carradine and directed by Ken Russell, and On—The Addams Family, Bonnie and Clyde, That Championship Season starring Kiefer Sutherland and Jason Patric, and Peter and the Starcatcher, which won five 2012 Tony's.
  LARRY HIRSCHHORN (Developmental Producer) Broadway: Peter and the Starcatcher (9 Tony Nominations); Gore Vidal’s The Best Man (2012); Driving Miss Daisy (Starring James Earl Jones, Vanessa Redgrave and Boyd Gaines) also in London; The Addams Family -8 Drama Desk Nominations, 2 Tony nominations); Hair (Broadway, London, National Tour) Winner of-Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and Drama League Awards for Best Revival of a Musical; The Seagull (starring Kristin Scott Thomas); Passing Strange (7 Tony nominations, Drama Desk Award-Best Musical); Butley (starring Nathan Lane); and Well by Lisa Kron, (2 Tony Nominations). Off Broadway: Rated P: For Parenthood; Make Me A Song: The Music of William Finn (Drama Desk nomination-Best Off-Bwy Musical). Founder/Artistic Director of Off-Broadway’s Melting Pot Theatre Company.  Over twelve years he produced numerous Off-Broadway productions, concerts, children’s theatre, and countless readings. Highlights there include numerous World and NY premieres such as: Cobb (Drama Desk Award-Outstanding Ensemble)), Cookin' at The Cookery (2 Drama Desk nominations); the NY premiere of Miss Evers’ Boys, (starring Adriane Lenox), 7 Audelco Award nominations; Flight (starring Gregg Edelman, Kerry O’Malley and Brian D’Arcy James) and Woody Guthrie’s American Song (2 Drama Desk Nominations). Other upcoming projects include: a revival of Stop the World I Want to Get Off revised and directed by John Doyle; Sleeping Beauty Wakes a new musical by Groovelily and Rachel Sheinkin; and a musical based on the film, Benny and Joon.
  PAUL LUCAS PRODUCTIONS (Developmental Producer) is a Producer, General Manager, Tour Booker, Arts Marketing Consultant and writer, based in NYC. A graduate of the Kennedy Center’s DeVos Institute of Arts Management, he has worked with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival and Gatchell & Neufeld—a Broadway general management company. He has produced and general managed over a dozen shows in Edinburgh, as well as acting as Director of Press and Marketing for two major venues on the Fringe. His shows, which have received Fringe First and Herald Angel Awards, have gone on to tour the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, where they have continued to win awards. He is currently working on a screenplay and a verbatim theatre piece, scheduled to open in New York in 2014.   HARTSHORN HOOK PRODUCTIONS (London Producer) Louis Hartshorn and Brian Hook are commercial theatre producers and General Managers. Since the formation of their company in 2007 they have worked on over 70 productions in the UK, Europe and America including West Side Story (50th Anniversary Production with Stefan Janski and Gregory Batsleer), A Tribute to the Blues Brothers - Live, Keep the Change, The Crying Cherry, Some Small Love Story and Eric Whitacre’s spectacular musical Paradise Lost. Louis and Brian saw Woody Sez for the first time in 2008 while running their venue at the Brighton Festival Fringe, and are thrilled to have been part of the production’s journey to the West End.

  UK ARTS INTERNATIONAL (UK Producer)