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President<br />

Julio Frenk<br />

Interim Executive Vice President for<br />

Academic Affairs/Provost<br />

Guillermo J. Prado<br />

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer<br />

Brandon Gilliland<br />

Dean, College <strong>of</strong> Arts and Sciences<br />

Leonidas G. Bachas<br />

Senior Associate Deans, College <strong>of</strong> Arts and Sciences<br />

Joshua Cohn, Caleb Everett, Jennifer Ferriss-Hill<br />

Interim Chair, Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre Arts<br />

Michiko K. Skinner<br />

Edgar Abreu<br />

Jessica Bashline<br />

Judy Ann Bassing<br />

John Berst<br />

Jennifer Burke<br />

Michael Bush<br />

Carolyn M. Elmore<br />

Faculty<br />

Anjane Girwarr<br />

Daniel Hernandez<br />

Kevin Kennison<br />

Michiko K. Skinner<br />

Everth Lopez<br />

Christine Mazeppa<br />

Maha McCain<br />

Staff<br />

Michael Dean Morgan<br />

Brandon M. Newton<br />

Pablo Souki<br />

Burton Tedesco<br />

NDavid Williams<br />

Tom Zhang<br />

Department Accompanist<br />

Michael Harris<br />

Properties Head<br />

Steve Lambert<br />

Carpenter<br />

Zachary Meskaukas<br />

Technical Director<br />

Eric Nelson<br />

Audio Engineer/Electrician<br />

Richard Reed<br />

Costume Technician<br />

Gema Valdes<br />

Administrative Assistant<br />

Madeline Whittaker<br />

Sr. Manager,<br />

Business Operations<br />

Robert Wright<br />

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Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

and Alvin Sherman Family Stage<br />

University <strong>of</strong> Miami College <strong>of</strong> Arts and Sciences<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre Arts<br />

Present<br />

THE IMPORTANCE<br />

OF BEING EARNEST<br />

A Trivial Comedy for Serious People<br />

By Oscar Wilde<br />

Scenic Designer<br />

BRANDON M. NEWTON<br />

Costume Designer<br />

MICHIKO K. SKINNER<br />

Lighting Designer<br />

KIRK BOOKMAN<br />

Movement and Intimacy Director<br />

BURTON TEDESCO<br />

Accent and Text Coach<br />

MICHAEL DEAN MORGAN<br />

Production Stage Manager<br />

VICTORIA MEJIA<br />

Director<br />

BRUCE MILLER<br />

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A NOTE FROM THE DIRECTOR<br />

It has been my great pleasure returning to UM to direct<br />

this production after retiring four years ago. I began my<br />

career here in 1994, and I can’t help but laugh when I think<br />

that I was shown the blueprints for a new theatre. Some 30<br />

years later that new theater remains a dream. My directing<br />

career at UM began in the Ring <strong>The</strong>atre, and I remember<br />

co-hosting a grand return for Jerry Herman. Soon after,<br />

the cosmetically improved Ring became <strong>The</strong> Jerry Herman<br />

Ring <strong>The</strong>atre. Over the years I have seen several new plans<br />

emerge for a theatre; and it all makes me think <strong>of</strong> Waiting<br />

for Godot more than <strong>The</strong> <strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong> <strong>Earnest</strong>.<br />

But, through it all, in my 26-year career at UM, I had the<br />

privilege <strong>of</strong> teaching so many talented and eager young<br />

actors, just like the ones in the production you are about<br />

to see. I draw great satisfaction that I helped, just a little,<br />

to give them the skills to succeed in the theatre business<br />

they aspire to. I am so proud <strong>of</strong> the kids you are about to<br />

see, and the work we have done together. It all reminds<br />

me great theatre is about what we put on stage, and far<br />

less about the walls, old or new, that contain it.<br />

I would like to thank all my old friends and colleagues<br />

who brought me back for one more show, and all the<br />

students I have had the privilege to direct.<br />

Bruce Miller<br />

Director<br />

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CAST<br />

Jack Worthing......................................Keenan Lyons<br />

Algernon Moncrieff............................Owen Trawick<br />

Gwendolen Fairfax..............Dominique Karanfilian<br />

Cecily Cardew.................................Maggie Rabitsch<br />

Lady Bracknell............................... Josephine Dinan<br />

Miss Prism..................................... Leandrea Brooks<br />

Rev. Chasuble.................................................Ian Luk<br />

Lane/Merriman.............................. Hector Montoto<br />

This performance has<br />

two 10-minute intermissions.<br />

Welcome from the<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre Arts<br />

• Please silence cell phones prior to the start<br />

<strong>of</strong> the performance.<br />

• Video, audio recording, and photography<br />

are strictly prohibited.<br />

• Please locate the emergency exit closest to<br />

your seat prior to the performance.<br />

• Restrooms are located in the courtyard.<br />

• Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and<br />

Twitter (@JerryHermanRing<strong>The</strong>atre)<br />

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PRODUCTION CREW<br />

Production Manager............................................. Pablo Souki<br />

Technical Director/Lead Electrician..................... Eric Nelson<br />

Scenic Charge Artist .............................. Brandon M. Newton<br />

Properties Head................................................ Steve Lambert<br />

Hair and Makeup Supervisor........................... Maha McCain<br />

Costume Technician........................................... Gema Valdes<br />

Sound Engineer.................................................. Richard Reed<br />

Carpenter.................................................. Zachary Meskaukas<br />

Assistant Lighting Designer................................. Dylan Carter<br />

Assistant Costume Designer ............................... Noa Macias<br />

Assistant Stage Manager............................ Dayton Whitman<br />

Light Board <strong>Program</strong>mer.................................. Joey Filipanits<br />

Andrea Tuthill<br />

Wardrobe Supervisor ........................................... Nico Walker<br />

Backstage Crew..................................................Jayda Changar<br />

CJ George<br />

Alexandra L<strong>of</strong>gren<br />

Alex Trombley<br />

Costumes Student Staff.................................... Victoria Mejia<br />

Fer Salas Hormazábal<br />

Andrea Salazar<br />

Ari Sussman<br />

Nico Walker<br />

Dayton Whitman<br />

Costumes Lab Students................................. Bronwyn Ewert<br />

Foster Fowler<br />

Jessi Kaplan<br />

Audio Student Staff........................................... Sam Davidson<br />

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Lighting Student Staff................................... Kate Bevilacqua<br />

Brendon Brunette<br />

Dylan Carter<br />

Brek Dodson<br />

Will Sobel<br />

Madyson Weber<br />

Oliver Whitehouse<br />

Lighting Lab Students............. Madeleine Burnett-Caballero<br />

Gianna Dicks<br />

Jarrin Ervin<br />

Scenery and Props Student Staff....................Fletcher Baum<br />

Gabriel Brito<br />

Joey Filipanits<br />

Andrea Tuthill<br />

Scenery and Props Lab Students...................... Fey Adenrele<br />

Zac Bolognone<br />

Simon Grogan<br />

Yamaris Martinez<br />

Scenic Art Student Staff........................................ Taylor Rand<br />

House Manager...................................................Mary Arledge<br />

Box Office and Front<br />

<strong>of</strong> House Student Staff ........................................ Paige Anatol<br />

Mariana Apostolatos<br />

Mary Arledge<br />

Ava Chrusciel<br />

EV Cummins<br />

Ainsley Gilbert<br />

Lexx Lang<br />

Christian Miller<br />

Griffin Welti<br />

Box Office and Front<br />

<strong>of</strong> House Lab Students............................................ Jack Diamant<br />

Lexi Roth<br />

Student Marketing Team....................................Mary Arledge<br />

Laurita Karam<br />

Graphic Designer................................................ Sean Keenan<br />

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Leandrea Brooks is a junior BFA Musical <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

major. Some <strong>of</strong> her credits include: <strong>The</strong> Lightning Thief<br />

(Mrs. Dodds), Stop Kiss (Mrs. Winsley/Nurse), A New<br />

Brain (Ensemble), Into <strong>The</strong> Woods (Little Red Riding<br />

Hood), Addams Family (Grandma), She Kills Monsters<br />

(Agnes), Digging Up the Boys (May). Thank you to the<br />

cast and crew for their hard work on this show!<br />

Josephine Dinan is a junior majoring in <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

and Music Industry with a concentration in<br />

classical voice. Previous credits include Mary<br />

Poppins (Mary), Anatomy <strong>of</strong> Grey (Rebecca), and<br />

Men on Boats (Hawkins). She is beyond excited<br />

to be making her UM debut as Lady Bracknell in<br />

the Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre’s production <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong> <strong>Earnest</strong>. She would like to thank<br />

her family, friends, classmates, and pr<strong>of</strong>essors for<br />

their constant support. She hopes that you enjoy<br />

the show! Go Canes!<br />

Dominique Karanfilian is a senior BFA Musical<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre major and is overjoyed to be playing<br />

Gwendolen Fairfax in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong><br />

<strong>Earnest</strong>. She previously played Jean Muir in the<br />

original musical by Polly Pen: <strong>The</strong> Night Governess,<br />

directed by NDavid Williams, and Sabine in <strong>The</strong><br />

Three Musketeers, directed by Burton Tedesco. She<br />

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thanks Bruce Miller for his endless knowledge and<br />

energy, as well as her fellow cast and crew. She<br />

also thanks her sister, Elena, for helping with line<br />

memorization and pre-rehearsal meals. Now grab<br />

a cup <strong>of</strong> tea (no sugar), some bread and butter,<br />

and enjoy the show!<br />

Ian Luk is a junior BFA Musical <strong>The</strong>atre major.<br />

He’s absolutely delighted to be playing Reverend<br />

Chasuble in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong> <strong>Earnest</strong>! You<br />

may have seen him last semester as the Bellhop<br />

in Lucky Stiff directed by John Berst. He sends his<br />

warm regards to his family, the creative team, and<br />

the audience, and hopes you enjoy the show!<br />

Keenan Lyons is a senior BFA Musical <strong>The</strong>atre major<br />

at the U. Previous theatrical credits include <strong>The</strong><br />

Rover (Frederick), A New Brain (Minister), Kinky Boots<br />

(Angel), Matilda (Sergei/Mr. Wormwood U/S), Jersey<br />

Boys (Joe Pesci/Frankie Valli U/S), Godspell (Jesus), A<br />

Midsummer Night’s Dream (Snug), and <strong>The</strong> Frogs: A<br />

New Musical (Ensemble), as well as numerous other<br />

productions. In addition, Keenan is a two-time<br />

Roger Rees Awards finalist. Endless gratitude to<br />

Bruce, along with the entire creative team, cast, and<br />

crew for this incredible and supportive experience.<br />

@keenan.lyons<br />

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Hector Montoto is a senior BA <strong>The</strong>atre Arts major.<br />

He is a transfer student from Miami Dade College<br />

(MDC). He previously performed in Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream and <strong>The</strong> Three Musketeers at UM. He is<br />

thankful for the opportunity to work with director<br />

Bruce Miller and this amazing and hardworking<br />

cast. Lastly, he is grateful for the support <strong>of</strong> his<br />

family, including his amazing wife and the coolest<br />

sister on the planet. It will be his pleasure to<br />

serve you. Please sit back and enjoy the show!<br />

tinyurl.com/hmontoto.<br />

Maggie Rabitsch is a junior BFA Musical <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

major and is so happy to be playing Cecily Cardew<br />

in <strong>The</strong> <strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong> <strong>Earnest</strong>! Other credits<br />

include <strong>The</strong> Night Governess (Chloe), A New Brain<br />

(ensemble), Carrie (Sue), and Bring it On (Campbell).<br />

Maggie is so excited to be a part <strong>of</strong> this production<br />

and wants to thank her family, friends, cast, and<br />

crew for all their support! LYGC- @maggierabitsch<br />

Owen Trawick is a senior BFA musical theatre<br />

major and is excited to be performing in the<br />

Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre’s production <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong><br />

<strong>Importance</strong> <strong>of</strong> <strong>Being</strong> <strong>Earnest</strong> as Algernon. This<br />

is Owen’s fifth production at the University <strong>of</strong><br />

Miami. Previous roles include Gordon in A New<br />

Brain and Detective Cole in Stop Kiss. Owen is<br />

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also a folk-punk singer/songwriter releasing<br />

music under the name Everybody’s Worried<br />

About Owen. Love you go Canes! Website:<br />

Everybodysworriedaboutowen.com<br />

Bruce Miller (Pr<strong>of</strong>essor Emeritus, Director) was<br />

Head <strong>of</strong> Acting <strong>Program</strong>s at the University <strong>of</strong> Miami<br />

for most <strong>of</strong> his 26 years there. He is the author<br />

<strong>of</strong> six books on acting including <strong>The</strong> Scene Study<br />

Book, Actor’s Alchemy, and <strong>The</strong> Actor as Storyteller.<br />

His more than 100 articles on acting appeared<br />

regularly in Dramatics Magazine and Teaching<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre. He has received the University <strong>of</strong> Miami’s<br />

Excellence in Teaching Award and the Educational<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre Association’s Founders’ Award for lifetime<br />

achievement in educational theatre. He has<br />

directed over 50 productions in his career, both<br />

pr<strong>of</strong>essional and in educational theatre. Since<br />

retirement he has become a playwright, novelist,<br />

and a ventriloquist. He is a member <strong>of</strong> AEA and<br />

SAG-AFTRA and holds an MFA in Acting from<br />

Temple University.<br />

Kirk Bookman (Lighting Designer) has designed<br />

the lighting for countless New York City and regional<br />

productions over the past four decades. His favorite<br />

lighting design credits include Lincoln Center’s 2011<br />

production <strong>of</strong> Company directed by Lonny Price and<br />

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starring Neil Patrick Harris, Stephen Colbert, and<br />

Patti LuPone. For the incomparable Charles Busch:<br />

Shanghai Moon, <strong>The</strong> Divine Sister, <strong>The</strong> Tribute Artist,<br />

Die Mommy Die, <strong>The</strong> Green Heart and the 2020 hit<br />

production <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong> Confession <strong>of</strong> Lily Dare directed<br />

by Carl Andress. Broadway credits include <strong>The</strong> Gin<br />

Game with Julie Harris and Charles Durning, and <strong>The</strong><br />

Sunshine Boys with Jack Klugman and Tony Randall.<br />

Internationally he has designed the lighting for the<br />

Hungarian National, English National Ballet and the<br />

Santiago Ballet Company all with Ivan Nagy.<br />

Dylan Carter (Assistant Lighting Designer)<br />

Originally from Easton, PA and soon to graduate<br />

from the University <strong>of</strong> Miami with a B.S. in Electrical<br />

Engineering, Dylan has spent much <strong>of</strong> his college<br />

career as a lighting technician at the Jerry Herman<br />

Ring <strong>The</strong>atre and as a lighting designer for the Frost<br />

School <strong>of</strong> Music. This past summer, Dylan designed<br />

Grease, <strong>The</strong> 39 Steps, <strong>The</strong> Sound <strong>of</strong> Music, Matilda Jr.,<br />

and 9 to 5: <strong>The</strong> Musical for the mainstage at the<br />

Timber Lake Playhouse in Illinois. Additionally, he<br />

has worked with various designers as a lighting<br />

programmer for productions including Much<br />

Ado About Nothing (Pennsylvania Shakespeare<br />

Festival, Center Valley, PA), <strong>The</strong> Three Musketeers<br />

(Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre, Coral Gables, FL),<br />

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and Defacing Michael Jackson (Miami New Drama,<br />

Miami, FL). www.dylanbcarter.com<br />

Michiko Kitayama-Skinner (Costume Designer)<br />

Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Michiko has been<br />

working in American <strong>The</strong>ater for over 20 years.<br />

She has designed both scenery and costumes for<br />

several regional theatres including Asolo Repertory<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre and Florida Stage. She has also assisted<br />

renowned designers such as Martin Pakledinaz and<br />

Dona Granata on Broadway and worked at one <strong>of</strong><br />

the largest costume shops in NYC, Parsons-Meares.<br />

Michiko worked as an Associate Costume Designer<br />

for the world premiere <strong>of</strong> a musical, Take Flight (songs<br />

by David Shire), directed by Amon Miyamoto and<br />

costume designed by Paul Tazewell. Her costume<br />

design <strong>of</strong> Woyzeck was chosen to enter the Prague<br />

Quadrennial 2003 in Prague. Michiko wrote Tsunami,<br />

a docudrama based on interviews conducted after<br />

Japan’s tsunami disaster, with eminent playwright/<br />

director Nilo Cruz. <strong>The</strong> world premiere <strong>of</strong> Tsunami<br />

was presented at the SMDCAC in September<br />

2015, for which she designed both scenery and<br />

costumes. Michiko is an Associate Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong><br />

Costume Design at the University <strong>of</strong> Miami. She<br />

is a member <strong>of</strong> United Scenic Artists local 829.<br />

www.designbymichiko.com<br />

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Steve Lambert (Properties Head) is the resident<br />

Properties Head at the Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre.<br />

Having earned his BA at Stonehill College in<br />

Massachusetts and studied at both Massachusetts<br />

College <strong>of</strong> Art and <strong>The</strong> Swain School <strong>of</strong> Design in<br />

Rhode Island, Mr. Lambert received his MA from<br />

UM in 1980. He went on to become the Resident<br />

Set Designer and Prop Master at the Coconut<br />

Grove Playhouse. He is also a designer with the<br />

Florida Grand Opera.<br />

Noa Macias (Assistant Costume Designer) (they/<br />

she/he) is a junior BFA <strong>The</strong>atrical Costume and<br />

Production Design major with a minor in Motion<br />

Pictures. This is his first production they are assistant<br />

designing for. Last year you may have seen them<br />

running backstage as wardrobe crew member.<br />

<strong>Being</strong> a strong advocate for the intersectionality<br />

awareness <strong>of</strong> minorities specifically in media<br />

representation- she dedicates this performance to<br />

queer youth and Hispanic Heritage Month. You’re<br />

heard and represented. IG @novaking<br />

Victoria Mejia (Stage Manager) is a senior BFA<br />

Stage Management major at the University <strong>of</strong><br />

Miami. Previous stage management credits at the<br />

U include Lucky Stiff, This Is Our Youth, <strong>The</strong> Curious<br />

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Incident…, Into <strong>The</strong> Woods, Every(One), and Hello<br />

Again. Regional credits include Anna In <strong>The</strong> Tropics<br />

and Hotel Desiderium. To her family and friends,<br />

who have been there every step <strong>of</strong> the way, she<br />

does everything for you. To the cast, crew, and<br />

creative team- thank you for the laughs and the<br />

love!! @victoriamejia.jpg<br />

Michael Dean Morgan (Accent and Text Coach)<br />

is currently a Lecturer at the University <strong>of</strong> Miami,<br />

teaching Voice and Speech and Acting for the<br />

Camera. Michael, who many refer to as “MDM,”<br />

received his MFA in Acting at the Claire Trevor<br />

School <strong>of</strong> the Arts at UC- Irvine. He is a certified<br />

Knight-Thompson Speech work instructor. Last<br />

year, he won the Voice and Speech Review’s Award<br />

for Outstanding Vocal Scholarship. As a performer,<br />

he was seen on Broadway in Amazing Grace and as<br />

Mr. Banks in the first national tour <strong>of</strong> Mary Poppins<br />

and the comic hornbill, Zazu, in <strong>The</strong> Lion King. MDM<br />

originated the role <strong>of</strong> Marlin in the world premiere<br />

<strong>of</strong> Disney’s Finding Nemo – <strong>The</strong> Musical and has also<br />

performed Off-Broadway, at 54 Below and regional<br />

theaters such as the McCarter <strong>The</strong>atre, Barrington<br />

Stage Company, Bucks County Playhouse,<br />

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Repertory<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater <strong>of</strong> St. Louis, Milwaukee Repertory <strong>The</strong>ater,<br />

Skylight Music <strong>The</strong>ater, and Utah Shakespeare.<br />

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Michael’s screen credits include NBC’s Manifest,<br />

HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Amazon’s Alpha House,<br />

as well as several incarnations <strong>of</strong> Law and Order<br />

and a guest appearance on ABC’s Dancing with the<br />

Stars (that is a fun story). Proud member <strong>of</strong> Actors<br />

Equity Association (AEA), <strong>The</strong> Screen Actors Guild<br />

(SAG-AFTRA), and the Voice and Speech Trainers<br />

Association (VASTA). MichaelDeanMorgan.com<br />

Eric Nelson (Technical Director) is a graduate <strong>of</strong><br />

the University <strong>of</strong> Arizona in <strong>The</strong>ater Production. Mr.<br />

Nelson has worked pr<strong>of</strong>essionally for the Arizona<br />

<strong>The</strong>ater Company, Borderlands <strong>The</strong>ater Company,<br />

City <strong>The</strong>ater, New <strong>The</strong>ater and Actors Playhouse<br />

to name a few. He was brought to Miami in 1996<br />

to work for the Coconut Grove Playhouse and<br />

quickly became the resident Lighting Designer. He<br />

changed course in 2004 and pursued a teaching<br />

career at Ransom Everglades School. Mr. Nelson<br />

rejoined the pr<strong>of</strong>essional world in June <strong>of</strong> 2014<br />

and has either designed or built over one hundred<br />

shows since then.<br />

Brandon M. Newton (Scenic Designer/Scenic<br />

Charge Artist) has designed scenery and properties<br />

regionally and internationally, including Utah<br />

Shakespeare Festival, <strong>The</strong> Beat <strong>The</strong>atre Collective,<br />

Ohio Light Opera, Texas Shakespeare Festival,<br />

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ZACH <strong>The</strong>atre, Thunder Bay <strong>The</strong>atre, Tipping Point<br />

<strong>The</strong>atre, and Yaya Youth <strong>The</strong>atre in Shenzhen,<br />

China. His corporate design work includes covers<br />

projects with Sesame Street, Coca-Cola, Character<br />

Arts LLC, Busch Gardens Tampa, window displays,<br />

and church holiday displays. His work has been<br />

published in American <strong>The</strong>atre Magazine and<br />

displayed at SETC, the Design Expo at USITT, and<br />

the Kennedy Center. Currently, Brandon is the<br />

Assistant Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Practice - Scene Design and<br />

Scenic Art Supervisor at the University <strong>of</strong> Miami. He<br />

has also held positions at Southeast Missouri State<br />

University and Alma College. Brandon holds an<br />

MFA in <strong>The</strong>atre Design from Texas State University<br />

and a BA in <strong>The</strong>atre and Dance from Alma College.<br />

https://www.newtondesigns.net/<br />

Richard Reed (Sound Engineer) joined the Jerry<br />

Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre team in the fall <strong>of</strong> 2015<br />

as Sound Technician. Rick comes to us with an<br />

extensive background both in recording and<br />

acoustics as well as live sound design and mixing.<br />

Rick has had the pleasure <strong>of</strong> working with many <strong>of</strong><br />

South Florida’s top artists in designing and building<br />

custom recording studios, but his real passion is<br />

sound for live performances. Rick worked with<br />

Miami-Dade College for several years in the School<br />

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<strong>of</strong> Entertainment Technologies where he taught<br />

sound engineering classes and enjoyed working on<br />

theatrical productions such as Metamorphoses and<br />

Godspell. Rick has a strong sense <strong>of</strong> community and<br />

was an integral part <strong>of</strong> the Miami Christmas Pageant<br />

for many years. When he is not hard at work at the<br />

Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre, Rick enjoys volunteering<br />

his sound engineering talents with <strong>The</strong> Pelican<br />

Playhouse and his local church in Miami Springs.<br />

Burton Tedesco (Movement and Intimacy<br />

Director) is an Assistant Pr<strong>of</strong>essor <strong>of</strong> Movement<br />

and Stage Combat. In addition to his work at UM,<br />

he is the Resident Fight Director at the New Orleans<br />

Shakespeare Festival. His NOSF fight directing<br />

credits include Macbeth, Cymbeline, A Midsummer<br />

Night’s Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Julius<br />

Caesar, and more. In addition, he has directed<br />

violence for several theatres around the country,<br />

including Phoenix Stage Company in Watertown,<br />

CT, Southern Rep in New Orleans, LA, Charleston<br />

Stage in Charleston, SC, and Texas A&M University.<br />

Burton is recognized by Dueling Arts International<br />

as a Fight Director and Full Instructor.<br />

Gema Valdes (Costume/Prop Technician) is the<br />

Costume Technician, draper, and costume shop<br />

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supervisor at the University <strong>of</strong> Miami’s Jerry Herman<br />

Ring <strong>The</strong>atre where she assists designers and<br />

students with all costumes in productions. Coming<br />

from the fashion industry, Gema discovered her love<br />

<strong>of</strong> the theatre when she was asked by Pulitzer Prizewinning<br />

playwright Nilo Cruz to design the costumes<br />

for his Spanish version <strong>of</strong> Hortensia and the Museum<br />

<strong>of</strong> Dreams. She has collaborated with Cruz designing<br />

costumes for Hurricane, Beauty <strong>of</strong> the Father (Miami<br />

Life Awards nominee), <strong>The</strong> Color <strong>of</strong> Desire, Bathing in<br />

Moonlight, Sotto Voce, Two Sisters and a Piano, and a<br />

new work to premiere fall 2023. Working for Arca<br />

Images, Gema has designed productions <strong>of</strong> El Cuarto<br />

de al Lado, Fallen Angels, Mozart and Salieri, <strong>The</strong> Bald<br />

Soprano, TeblasLand and Hierro among others. Gema<br />

also designs for GableStage where she worked<br />

on INDECENT and El Huracán. One <strong>of</strong> her greatest<br />

pleasures is watching our talented students grow<br />

artistically and personally during their time at UM.<br />

Dayton Whitman (Assistant Stage Manager) is a<br />

Senior BA <strong>The</strong>atre Arts major and is excited to be<br />

Assistant Stage Managing for the first time. She<br />

has acted, assistant directed, stage managed and<br />

worked as a Production Assistant on a number<br />

<strong>of</strong> projects at UM, including <strong>The</strong> Passport Project,<br />

Stop Kiss, <strong>The</strong> Three Musketeers, A Midsummer<br />

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WHO’S WHO IN THE COMPANY – BIOS<br />

Night’s Dream and many student films on-campus.<br />

Post-graduation, Dayton will be working in ASL<br />

accessibility in theatre and hopes to get her<br />

license in ASL interpreting. Many thanks to the<br />

cast and crew for working so earnestly on this very<br />

important production!<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

extends our sincerest gratitude to our<br />

many dedicated supporters, alumni,<br />

parents, and theatre patrons who<br />

help to provide our students with<br />

opportunities to stretch their talents<br />

and create life-changing memories.<br />

SPECIAL THANKS<br />

Patrick McCarthy, Pr<strong>of</strong>essor, Department <strong>of</strong> English,<br />

for an Edwardian literature lecture to the cast<br />

Avant-Garde Salon and Spa<br />

155 Miracle Mile<br />

Coral Gables, FL 33143<br />

305-442-8136<br />

avantgardesalonandspa.com<br />

Mario’s Dry Cleaners<br />

now located inside <strong>of</strong>:<br />

One Stop Dri Cleaning<br />

2241 Coral Way, Miami, FL<br />

33145<br />

305-661-1530<br />

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Special recognition<br />

to Friends <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre who have<br />

generously supported the<br />

Department <strong>of</strong> <strong>The</strong>atre Arts and<br />

the Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

for over 45 years.<br />

Denys Alt<br />

Tim Anagnost<br />

Jan Benefield<br />

Dr. Thor W. Bruce and Mirella M. LaSalle<br />

Ren Campbell<br />

Dr. Ronald Clark and Gloria Villa<br />

Peter and Bonnie Dockter<br />

Dr. Diane V. Baker and Mr. George Giampetro<br />

Don and Carol Golden<br />

Frank and Juli Herbert<br />

Camille King<br />

Henry Langston<br />

Renee and David Lieberman<br />

Marie-Gabrielle Monteil Lopez<br />

Carol Newport<br />

Sheldon Palley<br />

Dr. and Mrs. <strong>The</strong>odore Sarafoglu<br />

Monica Silva<br />

Maggie and Bernie Silverstein<br />

John S<strong>of</strong>tness and Carol Blades<br />

Kimberly and Gregory Scheitzer<br />

Peggy and Frank Vital<br />

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Invest In<br />

Our Students<br />

Donations to the Department <strong>of</strong><br />

<strong>The</strong>atre Arts’ programming help<br />

us train and provide additional<br />

opportunities to the promising artists<br />

<strong>of</strong> tomorrow. Playbill Magazine<br />

ranks the U among the top colleges<br />

represented on Broadway.<br />

Help<br />

more students<br />

reach for the<br />

stars!<br />

www.as.miami.edu/theatrearts<br />

To learn more about ways<br />

to support the <strong>The</strong>atre programs,<br />

contact<br />

Karina I. Alvarez<br />

karina.alvarez@miami.edu<br />

305-284-2988<br />

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<strong>The</strong> Threepenny Opera<br />

A Play with Music Based on<br />

John Gay’s THE BEGGAR’S OPERA<br />

By Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill<br />

In Collaboration with Elisabeth Hauptmann<br />

English translation by Simon Stephens<br />

Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre<br />

November 10 – 18<br />

This landmark musical theatre piece, recently adapted by Simon<br />

Stephens (<strong>The</strong> Curious Incident <strong>of</strong> the Dog in the Night-Time), <strong>The</strong><br />

Threepenny Opera inhabits a dark underworld the line between<br />

vice and virtue is always shifting. Featuring a sumptuous score<br />

with songs such as “Mack the Knife” and vividly drawn anti-heroes,<br />

this satirical slap at the hypocrisy <strong>of</strong> capitalism remains eerily<br />

timely nearly 100 years after its debut.<br />

A Lie <strong>of</strong> the Mind<br />

By Sam Shepard<br />

6565 Red Road Black Box<br />

November 30 – December 2<br />

A landmark play which, in the words <strong>of</strong> the New York Times, “…is<br />

the unmistakable expression <strong>of</strong> a major writer nearing the height<br />

<strong>of</strong> his powers.” Filled with enormous vitality, and humor, the play<br />

explores the destinies <strong>of</strong> two families, linked by marriage but set<br />

apart by jealousies and distrust, to probe into the human heart<br />

and the destructiveness which it can engender.<br />

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THE JERRY HERMAN RING<br />

THEATRE<br />

Jerry Herman Ring <strong>The</strong>atre 1312 Miller<br />

Drive<br />

Coral Gables, FL 33146<br />

P: 305.284.3355<br />

E-mail: ringtheatre@miami.edu<br />

website: www.miami.edu/ring<br />

Instagram: @JerryHermanRing<strong>The</strong>atre<br />

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