At Seattle Repertory Theatre, Hans last appeared as Michael Novak in God of Carnage (subsequently playing at The Alley in Houston). Hans has also been in An Iliad, The Three Musketeers, The Cure at Troy, The Lady From Dubuque, Misalliance, Romeo and Juliet, Light up the Sky, The O’Conner Girls, Design For Living, and The Seafarer as Sharky. Some other roles include Macbeth, Iago, Henry V, Mercutio, Richmond (in Richard III directed by Bart Sher), Costard, Valentine in Two Gentlemen of Verona, Tybalt, Demitrius, and Posthumous. He has worked locally at New Century Theatre Company, ACT, Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Wooden O, and Book-It. Hans is Co-Artistic Director of New Century Theatre Company. Hans is the proud father of Stella Blue and Charlotte and is married to actress Amy Thone.
Cheyenne Casebier was last seen at Seattle Rep as Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa as well as Betrayal, The Three Musketeers, Twelfe Night, and The Great Gatsby. NYC credits include understudy in The Glass Menagerie on Broadway starring Jessica Lange, Can’t Let Go (Keen Co.), The Intoxicating Accelerating Death Machine, Chicks With Dicks, and Lesbian Pulp-o-Rama. Regional credits include Long Wharf, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and Guthrie Theater where she appeared in The Great Gatsby, Pride and Prejudice, Othello, Twelfth Night, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently Cheyenne starred in the short film Use As Directed (Best Short Nomination, 2008 Method Fest) and appeared in the HBO mini-series John Adams and the CBS series Two and a Half Men. Ms. Casebier is a Guthrie recipient of an International Artistic Fellowship at Shakespeare’s Globe, London. She holds a MFA from the Professional Theatre Training Program at the University of Delaware.
Nick Garrison played the titular role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at Re- Bar in 2000 and 2004, a role he went on to play in San Francisco, the U.K., and Chicago (Joseph Jefferson Best Actor award). He’s also been seen at Seattle Rep in Three Tall Women, boom, Twelfe Night, and The Beard Of Avon; at Intiman in Loot; at The 5th Avenue in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cabaret; at The Empty Space in Valley of the Dolls, Vera Wilde, Project X, and (L)imitations Of Life; and at Strawberry Theatre Workshop in The Laramie Project. At Re-Bar he has been seen in his own Randee Sparks: Semi-Precious and What You Sing Might Save You, as well as in Dirty Little Showtunes, Deflowered in the Attic, The Misanthrope, and countless Brown Derby parodies. He appeared in New York in Mae West’s Sex and at the Humana Festival in Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls, and Life Under 30. Film and TV: Creatures from the Pink Lagoon, “Deadline,” and “Strangers with Candy.”
Ryan Shams is an actor based in New York City working in theater, film, and television. He is honored to return to Seattle Rep. His theater credits include Yassar Alfasni in Aftermath (NYTW International Tour, dir. Jessica Blank), Swiss Cheese in Mother Courage (La Jolla Playhouse, dir. Lisa Peterson), Aramis in The Three Musketeers (Seattle Rep, dir. Kyle Donnelly), and Jesus Christ and Stephen Hawking in End Days (Vineyard Playhouse). Television: “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “As the World Turns,” and “CSI: NY.” Film: Salt (Columbia Pictures) and The Last Airbender (Paramount Pictures). Ryan has an MFA from UCSD and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University.
April Yvette Thompson
April starred in ACT’s Wine in the Wilderness for which she earned a Seattle Footlight award. A critically acclaimed actor/writer nominated for Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Broadway.com Audience and AUDELCO awards for the world premiereof her solo play Liberty City at New York Theatre Workshop; April is currently working on her second play, Good Bread Alley. A fan of new and classical work, April originated roles in the Off Broadway premieres of Vassar Voices with Meryl Streep and Lisa Kudrow (Lincoln Center); The Exonerated with Tanya Barfield; Lynn Nottage’s The Antigone Project; Kia Corthron’s Light Raise the Roof and The Venus DiMilo is Armed; and Susan-Lori Parks’ 365 Plays/365 Days at The Public Theatre. Her classical work includes The Acting Company’s Macbeth, The Rivals and The Merry Wives of Windsor as well as AUDELCO nominations for Medea, Macbeth, King Lear and The Blacks at the Classical Theatre of Harlem. In film and TV, April co-starred in The Exonerated with Danny Glover, Aidan Quinn, and Delroy Lindo; Phoebe in Wonderland with Felicity Huffman; Accidental Husband with Uma Thurman; Bernard and Doris with Ralph Fiennes and Susan Sarandon; “Third Watch,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “The Dave Chappelle Show.” Education: BA, Vassar College and MFA, Rutgers University. aprilyvettethompson.com
Seattle Rep: Associate Artistic Director; The K of D, an urban legend by Laura Schellhardt, Opus by Michael Hollinger, Breakin’ Hearts & Takin’ Names by Kevin Kling and Simone Perrin (world premiere), Betrayal by Harold Pinter, and My Name is Rachel Corrie by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner (U.S. regional premiere). Additional directing credits include The Ten Thousand Things by Paul Mullin (world premiere, Washington Ensemble Theatre); Kuwait by Vincent Delaney (world premiere, Theatre Schmeater); True West, The Underpants (Spokane Interplayers); Prometheus Bound (The Lincoln Center Directors Lab); and Vacation by Ki Gottberg as part of Postcard Plays (The Empty Space). Co-artistic director of Assemblage, a unique collective dedicated to new experiments incorporating media and performance. Assemblage’s ongoing project Way Stations, a series of interactive walking tours in urban landscapes, was featured at the ’08 Northwest New Works Festival (On the Boards) and at Bumbershoot ’09. Guest artist at UW, Gonzaga, the University of Idaho, and Seattle University.
Scenic & Lighting Designer
L.B. Morse is a lighting, scenic, and multimedia designer for theatre and dance. Previous designs at Seattle Rep include The K of D (co-scenic design), Dancing at Lughnasa (lighting), Opus (lighting), Breakin’ Hearts & Takin’ Names (scenery and lighting), Betrayal (lighting and multimedia), My Name is Rachel Corrie (lighting), Thom Pain (based on nothing) (lighting) and Twelfe Night (multimedia). Recent design work includes Breaking the Code (lighting), and The Laramie Project (scenery, lighting and multimedia) for Strawberry Theatre Workshop, (in)stability (lighting) for Paul Budraitis and WEST (lighting and multimedia) for “Awesome” at On the Boards. Locally he has designed for Intiman, Seattle Children’s Theatre, ACT, Seattle Shakespeare Company, Lingo dancetheater, Maureen Whiting Dance Co. and Empty Space, among others. L.B. is a company member of Assemblage, a unique collective dedicated to new experiments incorporating media and performance. Assemblage’s ongoing project Way Stations, a series of interactive walking tours in urban landscapes, was featured at the ’08 Northwest New Works Festival (On the Boards) and at Bumbershoot ’09. L.B. holds a BA in Theatre Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Scenic Design from University of California, Santa Cruz, and is the Associate Designer here at Seattle Rep.
Christine is a Seattle-based costume designer. She is pleased to return since making her debut at Seattle Repertory Theatre with Speech and Debate. After attending Motley Theatre Design courses in London, Christine has designed costumes and sets for opera, theatre, and film across the United States and Europe. Recent theatrical designs in the Pacific Northwest have been seen in Peter Pan, The Highest Tide, and The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears at Book-it Repertory Theatre; Julius Caesar at Seattle Shakespeare Company; and The Imaginary Invalid at Portland Center for the Performing Arts. Her longtime relationship with Rogue Opera produced Hansel and Gretel, Carousel, and Amahl and the Night Visitor. Film credits include the 48-hour film short Lethal Cotillion, which was chosen to screen at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, and the recently wrapped indie The Ryder Clan. Since 1999 she has been associated with Handel Festival in Gottingen, Germany, most recently draping on Orlando in Drottingholm, Sweden.
Gino is pleased to be working with Seattle Rep for the first time. He has served as the resident sound designer for Village Theater for the last three seasons. Before that, he served as the audio supervisor for The Public Theater/NYSF where he designed, assisted, and supervised more than forty productions and events. Thanks to Jessica. More info at www.joralemonhouse.com or www.morethanlester.com.
Tim Symons is a prolific music director and composer in the Seattle musical theatre and jazz/rock scene. Currently the Resident Music Director at Village Theatre, Tim’s work has been heard in The Full Monty, 42nd Street, The Who’s Tommy, and Meet Me In St. Louis. At Village Theatre, Tim has also been a part of the development of Tony- Award-winning musicals Next To Normal, and Million Dollar Quartet. Tim’s rockin’ chops have been put to use in many bands, including More Than Lester, High Ceiling and The Special Purpose.