Ever wonder about the students who work for hours on stage and behind the scenes for the Department of Theatre productions? If you don’t, you might be surprised to find out that many of the students involved in the main stage theatre programs are pursuing multiple majors and have many leadership roles on campus. Heads shots photographed by student Sofi Barrionuevo have been included for the cast members. Note, “M&C” denotes membership in Lehigh University’s Mustard & Cheese Drama Society.
Lorentz Aberg (Victor) is from Minneapolis, MN. He is a fifth-year student in the Arts and Engineering dual degree program studying theatre and computer science. Recent Lehigh credits include The Pillowman, Medea, The Laramie Project, Urinetown, The Crucible, and The Little Foxes. Lorentz recently worked at Apprise Software through Lehigh’s Cooperative Education program, and currently serves as vice president of the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. M&C
Vanessa Arvidson (Stage Manager) hails from Gainesville, VA. She is a senior concluding a dual degree in theatre and marketing. At Lehigh she has stage managed Medea, Urinetown, Knowing Cairo, Top Girls, and gEner-8tion Txt. Vanessa has also been involved as an actor, director, light board operator, master electrician, and assistant lighting designer for several Lehigh productions. She is president of Mu Sigma Upsilon Incorporated as well as an active member of Spectrum and a technical crew member for the Zoellner Arts Center. After graduation, Vanessa hopes to gain more experience in theatre before pursuing a graduate degree in stage management. M&C
Joshua Barnes (Flip) is a senior from West Long Branch, NJ, studying computer science. Josh is making his Our Lady of 121st debut theatre performance at Lehigh. Joshua serves as captain of Lehigh University’s Finest Step team, co-coach for Broughal middle school’s step team, and is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers.
David Quinton Bougard (Rooftop) is a senior from Memphis, TN, pursuing a major in theatre. Previous Lehigh performances include The Crucible, gEner8-tion Txt, and open mic shows at the HipHopCollective. He also directed Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry. David is a young entrepreneur who has started his own clothing brand.
Adrienne Chodnowsky (Sonia) hails from Hopkinton, MA. She is a first-year student intending to major in mathematics. She has appeared in Our Lady of 121st, and Pillowman. Adrienne serves as programming coordinator for the Centennial I Residence Hall Council.
Kate Coots [staff/faculty] (Scenic Artist/ Props Artisan) is in her first year as scenic charge and props artisan at Lehigh. She holds a MA from Villanova University. Kate has worked as scenic and props artisan in the Philadelphia area for the past seven years with Lantern Theater Company, Bristol Riverside Theater, McCarter Theater and University of the Arts.
Kendra Easterling (Inez) is a Bethlehem, PA, native. She is a senior at East Stroudsburg University majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations. Previous Lehigh credits include Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Kendra is an honors society member at East Stroudsburg University, and a model.
Ryan Herbert (Father Lux) is a sophomore from Chalfont, PA, pursuing a major in environmental science and minors in theatre and environmental studies. Previous Lehigh credits include Urinetown. Ryan serves as vice president of Magic: The Gathering club.
Natalie Rose Huber (Marcia) hails from Haddon Heights, NJ. She is a senior majoring in anthropology and minoring in theatre. Recent Lehigh credits include Medea and Another Antigone. Natalie spent the spring and summer of 2013 studying abroad in Dublin, Ireland. She serves as study abroad ambassador and is a member of the South Mountain College program. M&C
Kashi Johnson [faculty] (Director) is an associate professor in the Department of Theatre where she teaches courses in performance and Hip Hop theatre. Recent roles include Saint Monica in Lehigh’s production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and Gertie, in a staged reading of Countdown to the Happy Day at the Round House Theater in Silver Spring, MD. Original work co-conceived and created with Lehigh students: Untold Truths, Speaking Freely and gEner8-tion Txt. Recent Lehigh directing credits include: The Crucible, The Little Foxes, gEner8-tion Txt, Twelfth Night, Wintertime and The Piano Lesson. She was the organizer for Lehigh University’s Say Word! Hip Hop Theatre Festival in 2006. Kashi is the co-founder of RedSun Productions and a member of the Actor’s Equity Association. She is the recipient of the Dorothy & Donald L. Stabler award for excellence in teaching and was appointed the class of ’61 professor in 2007. MFA: University of Pittsburgh. M&C
Melpomene Katakalos [faculty] (Scenic Design) is an assistant professor at Lehigh and has designed Urinetown, Top Girls, and The Belle’s Stratagem for the department. She has designed over 100 productions at several theatre companies, educational institutions, and festivals. Her designs have been seen on the stages of the Tony-award winning theatres La Jolla Playhouse and San Francisco Mime Troupe. Specializing in new works, she has designed over 25 world premieres, over 12 west coast premieres, and countless regional premieres. She is the director of the New Play Design Lab at the Bay Area Playwrights Festival in San Francisco, and her most recent designs have been seen in NYC at HERE Arts Center, La Mama, Columbia Stages, and the Triad. She has received many nominations and awards for her designs, including two San Diego Playbill Awards, two Bay Area Critics Circle nominations, and the honor of Best Set Designer of the Year in The East Bay Express. M&C
Kory Alexander Majansky (Gail) is a sophomore from New City, NY, double majoring in theatre and English. Recent Lehigh credits include The Laramie Project, Urinetown, and Another Antigone. Kory serves as treasurer for the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. M&C
Bruke Mammo (Pinky) is from Mount Laurel, NJ. He is a first-year CSB student with aspirations towards theatre minor. Our Lady of 121st Street is his debut performance at Lehigh. Bruke is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, Black Students Union, Council of Cultural Organizations, Admissions Ambassadors, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Angelica (Angie) Matos (Norca) hails from Spanish Harlem, NY. She is a Lehigh graduate student pursuing a Master’s degree in political science. She received a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from Lehigh University. Our Lady of 121st Street will mark her debut performance at Lehigh. Angelica serves as graduate assistant for the Office of Student Leadership Development, gryphon for the Umoja House, founding sister and alumni advisor for Mu Sigma Upsilon, Incorporated, site coordinator and faculty advisor for springSERVE: Chicago, site coordinator for LeaderShape, and is a member of Break the Silence.
Andrew Nelson (Sound Design) hails from Philadelphia, PA. His sound designs include Azuka Theatre’s Dutch Masters and composer for Nerve, Brat Productions’ MEANWHILE…, American Philosophical Society’s The Astronomer Collapses. Andrew spent the last spring as a programmer and interactive designer on the PIFA Time Tunnel at the Kimmel Center. He can most often be heard playing bass for Arden Theatre, Walnut St Theatre, Brat Productions, 1812 Productions, Azuka Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Shakespeare in Clark Park (2008-2012, composer), Johnny Showcase and the Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret. Recordings include A Passing Wind (PIFA 2011), James Sugg’s The Sea, Johnny Showcase’s album, Love is the Message and the George Urgo Blues Band.
Becca Osborne (Costume Design) is a Presidential Scholar with a BA in Theatre from Lehigh University. Previous costume design credits include Oleanna, The Listener, and several One Act productions. Becca was also assistant designer for The Pillowman, The Belle’s Stratagem, and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot. Other credits include stage manager for The Laramie Project and The Little Foxes, performer in Urinetown, and run crew for several shows. She works in the costume shop as a student artist and is president of the Mustard and Cheese Drama Society. Becca plans to pursue a master of fine arts degree in southern California. M&C
Sue Ragusa [faculty/staff] (Lighting Design) is the lighting coordinator for the Zoellner Arts Center and an adjunct faculty member of Lehigh University’s Department of Theatre. Her recent lighting designs include Urinetown, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Five Flights, Antigone, Seascape and A Moon for the Misbegotten for Lehigh’s Department of Theatre; The Life and Love of Joe Coogan and Tony Caruso’s Final Broadcast for Lehigh’s Department of Music; and several performing artists. She also lit the Lehigh & NPR Presents presentation of Michele Norris’s The Race Card Project and WHYY’s 2009 Mid-Atlantic Emmy award- winning program On Canvas featuring Andrew Bird. She received her BA in Art and Theatre from Cedar Crest College and her MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. M&C
Pamela Richey [faculty/staff] (Costume Shop Coordinator) is in her twelfth year as costume coordinator for Lehigh. She holds a BA from Berry College and an MFA from the University of Montana in costume design and technology. Professional costume shop experience includes the Alabama Shakespeare Festival and the Santa Fe Opera. M&C
Alexander Stanislawski (Balthazar) is a junior from Philadelphia, PA, pursuing a major in finance and minors in theatre and real estate studies. Previous credits include performance in The Pillowman, and scenic painting for Urinetown and The LaramieProject. Alexander is vice president of the Real Estate club and a member of Alpha Tau Omega.
Andrew F. Southard [faculty/staff] (Technical Director) is in his fifth year as technical director at Lehigh. Originally from south Florida, Andrew received his BA in theatre from Florida State University. After receiving his undergraduate degree, he completed a technical internship at the Battersea Arts Center in London, England. Andrew went on to be the technical director at the University of Findlay in northwest Ohio, where he stayed for three years before going back to school to work on his master’s degree. He received his MFA in technical design and production in 2009 from Yale School of Drama. M&C