CAST & STAFF
CARLOS CANDELARIO (Brabantio, Lodovico; Jack) received his BA in
Theater Arts from Wilkes University in May 2006. He plays the violin and has
background training in modern dance, tap , and jazz dance. His College roles
include Creon in Antigone, Sidney Black in Light up the Sky, Woyzeck in
Woyzeck, Napthali in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,
Alphonso in A Marriage can be Murder, Roustabout in Carnival, Damis in
Tartuffe, Stephen Field in Hotel Universe, Fiddler in Fiddler on the Roof, Prince
Florizel in The Winter’s Tale, and The Juggler in Madwoman of Chaillot.
RACHEL DYER (Duchess, Gratiana; Lady Bracknell) is a recent graduate of
Wilkes University, having earned a BA in Theatre Arts. Some of her favorite
roles include Lily in Hotel Universe, Ismene in Antigone, and Desiree in A Little
Night Music. So far, her favorite place to work has been Lost Nation Theatre in
Montpelier, VT, but she looks forward to adding to that list after touring the
country with National Players. Rachel sends her love and gratitude to her family
and friends for sticking around and never giving up, and a special thanks to Bill
Gillett and National Players for this tremendous opportunity.
ADRIANO GATTO (Iago; Dr. Chausable) is thrilled to be a part of the
National Players 58th Annual Tour. Originally from Rochester, NY, he recently
received his BFA in Theatre Studies from Niagara University. Favorite roles
include Macbeth (Macbeth), The Laramie Project (Andy Paris), California Suite
(Billy), A View from the Bridge (Alfieri), Flora the Red Menace (Harry) and
Lovers (Andy). He spent a semester abroad studying Shakespeare and
Contemporary Irish Drama at Schiller International University in London,
England. Special thanks to Bill Gillett for this wonderful opportunity and
especially to Mom, Dad and Julie for their constant love and support over the
JOSH GIBBY (Montano, Senator; Lane) is a graduate of the University of
Central Arkansas. Regional credits include Will-to-Laugh, Comedy of Errors,
and Disney's Beauty and the Beast at Arkansas Rep Theatre; Aladdin, Wiley
and the Hairy Man, and The Miss Firecracker Contest at Renaissance Rep
Theatre, as well as Captain MacDonald in the 2005 production of Tecumseh!
at the Sugarloaf Mt. Amphitheatre. Favorite roles include the Magician in
Steve Martin's Patter for the Floating Lady, Limping Man in Fuddy Meers, and
the loveable Milky White from Into the Woods. Gibby would like to thank his
family and friends for their love and support.
KELSEY RAE GROUGE (Desdemona; Miss Prism) is a recent graduate of
The Catholic University of America, where she has had the pleasure of working
with Jeremy Skidmore, Gary Sloan, Grover Gardner, and Naum Panovski.
Favorite roles include Willie in This Property is Condemned, Janissery in The
Curator, Jaquenetta in Love's Labour's Lost, Sob Sister in Radium Girls, and
Fortuna in Uncle Maroje, which also toured to the Dubrovnik International
Theatre Festival in Croatia. She is overjoyed to be a part of National Players
and would like to thank Bill for the wonderful opportunity and Mom, Dad, and
Grayson for their love and support.
HANNAH HUSBAND (Emilia; Gwendolyn) originally from the San Francisco
Bay Area, is thrilled to be joining the National Players this season. Hannah
most recently played Beatrice in the National Players summer tour of Much
Ado About Nothing. Her regional Credits include Twelfth Night (Actor's
Shakespeare Project); and Robin Hood, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V (Marin
Shakespeare Company). Her educational credits include Romeo and Juliet,
King John, and The School for Scandal at the London Academy of Music and
Dramatic Arts; Dancing at Lughnasa, Trojan Women, The Lower Depths, A
Dream Play, and One Flea Spare at Boston University (BU) where she received her BFA in Acting.
ANTHONY JACKSON (Othello) Anthony Jackson is a recent graduate of
Columbus State University in Columbus GA with a B.F.A. in theatre
performance. He is very thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the
National Players. Previous roles include Worcester in Henry IV with the
Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Matt in The Bible, the Complete Word of God
Abridged at the Springer Opera House (GA), Chas in The Trestle at Pope
Lick Creek, Leading Player in Pippin, and Malvolio in Twelfth Night at
Columbus State University. He sends many thanks to his friends and family
for all their love and support.
WILL MORRIS (Cassio; Merriman) is thrilled to be joining the long-standing
tradition of the National Players. He recently finished his time with the Civic
Theatre of Allentown where he was employed as a resident actor. He performed
in roles such as Homer Wells in The Cider House Rules, Parts I and II, Michael
in Tick, Tick . . . Boom, and Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol. Before his
time with Civic, Will was a student at Furman University in Greenville, SC where
he received a B.A. in theatre arts. Will would like to thank his family for their
unwavering support, Olney for giving him a chance, and his new fans from
CHRISTOPHER REED (Roderigo; Algernon) is back on the road with the National
Players after playing Gremio in The Taming of the Shrew and Professor Abraham
Van Helsing in Dracula for the 57th annual tour. Favorite past roles include: Elwood
P. Dowd in Harvey, Tartuffe in Tartuffe, and Betty/Edward in Cloud 9. He holds a
degree in theatre arts from the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. He thanks
Bill for the opportunity and friendship, Clay for the doses of reality and commitment
to honesty, BU for setting him on the right path, Tour 57 for Tour 57, and his family
for their perpetual love and support. He dedicates this year to his family on the road:
the company members of Tour 58. Make it work!
AUBRIE THERRIEN (Bianca; Cecily) is very excited to be a part of National
Players and to be playing two such wonderful roles. Aubrie recently received
her BFA. in theatre performance at Longwood University in Virginia. Some
of her favorite roles include Echo in Eleemosynary, Viola in Twelfth Night,
Sabina in The Skin of Our Teeth, Marianne in Tartuffe, Sarah in Stop Kiss,
and Audrey in As You Like It. Aubrie would like to thank her family and friends
for all of their love and support and her Nana for always saying her novenas.
Thanks also to Bill Gillett for this great opportunity!
JAMES A. PETOSA (Artistic Director) Mr. Petosa began his association
with Players when he composed the original music score for the 32nd Tour's
production of The Tempest. He has also directed Cyrano de Bergerac,
Dracula, Animal Farm, Amadeus, As You Like It and The Elephant Man, and
has co-directed productions of Much Ado About Nothing, A Midsummer
Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew and Nicholas
Nickleby. For Catholic University's Hartke Theatre he staged the first post
Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along, Cyrano
de Bergerac and Pacific Overtures. Mr. Petosa also serves as artistic
director for the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, where his most recent
directorial credits there include Thérèse Raquin, Death of a Salesman, Equus, A Question of Mercy,
Amadeus, Racing Demon, Cinderella, To Kill a Mockingbird, Romeo and Juliet, Becket, Broken
Glass, The Fifth Season, Night of the Iguana, The Trip to Bountiful, Sight Unseen, Shadowlands and
Voice of the Prairie. Prior to his association with Players, he was artistic director for the St. James
Cathedral Arts Pavilion in Brooklyn where he directed J.B. and Voices. He also served as performing
arts coordinator for the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. As a composer, he has written
vocal and incidental scores for Robert Montgomery's Subject to Fits and Snoo Wilson's Vampire, The
Soul of the White Ant and Everest Hotel at the New York Theatre Studio where his own musical
version of Peer Gynt was performed in concert. Other New York directing credits include The Maids
and Still on the Shore at the Lincoln Center and A Good Time and The Brute for off-Broadway's
Theatre Matrix. The past five years he has been producer and director of the Potomac Theatre Project
in Washington, D.C. where he directed Closetland, Trial of the Catonsville Nine, C.P. Taylor's Good
and Robert Chesley's The Dog Plays. Additional accomplishments include The Boys Next Door,
Italian American Reconciliation and The Diary of Anne Frank at the Roundhouse Theatre, Brecht on
Brecht, Pins and Needles and Another Antigone at the Washington Jewish Theatre and Principia
Scriptoriae at the Studio Theatre. He has served as theater director of “Voices From The Streets,” a
program which provides a stage for the homeless people in the D.C. area, affiliated with the
Community for Creative Non-Violence. He serves on the advisory boards of the Actors' Center and the
Playwright's Unit of Washington, D.C. He is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Actors' Equity
Association and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
CLAY HOPPER (Director, Othello) most recently directed Much Ado About Nothing
for Summer Shakespeare at OTC. Other recent credits include The Taming of the Shrew for
Tour 57 and On the Verge or The Geography of Yearning at Contemporary American Theater
Festival’s Actor's Lab. Clay received his MFA from Boston University's College of Fine Arts
where he most recently directed Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill, La Bete by David Hirson,
and Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams and
Edmond by David Mamet. Before moving to Boston he lived in New York where he
founded and produced a new play series called New Works/After Hours at Lincoln
Center Institute's Clarke Studio Theatre. Off-off-Broadway credits include A Home Without
by Robert Westfield, Different Zen by Clay Hopper-Third Eye Rep, Earthworms by Albert
Innaurato (reading starring Roger Rees) The Working Group, Triage by Chris Shiea-Miranda
Theatre, and The Interrogation by Murphy Guyer-The Miranda Theatre.
ALAN WADE (Director, The Importance of Being Earnest) has directed
several productions for National Players tours including: The Normal Heart, A
Few Good Men, Of Mice and Men, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Tartuffe and Dracula.
Mr. Wade is a professor of theater in the George Washington University
Department of Theatre and Dance and is a former chair of the department. As
a professional actor he regularly appears at Washington area theaters and
has been a Helen Hayes Award nominee. Among his film and television
credits are The Pelican Brief and Homicide: Life on the Streets. Mr. Wade
serves on the artistic board of Olney Theatre Center for the Arts, on the
advisory boards of the Washington Stage Guild and the Potomac Theatre
Project, and is an associate editor of Text and Performance Quarterly.
BILL GRAHAM, SR. (Acting Coach, Benefactor) William H.
Graham has been associated with National Players for over fifty years as
artist and administrator. After serving in the Navy from 1944 to 1946, Mr.
Graham received his BA in Pre-Law from LaSalle University, and received an
MA in Drama from The Catholic University of America. He has directed over
50 theatrical productions, and had leading roles in over 40 productions. Mr.
Graham has served as Managing Director of St. Michaels Playhouse,
Executive Director of Olney Theatre, and Chairman of The Catholic University
of America’s Drama Department. He was a founder and director of the MFA
acting program at Catholic University. He is currently the chairman of the
Board for Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. A member of Actor’s Equity
Association (AEA), Screen Actor’s Guild (SAG), and American Federation of Television and Radio
Artists (AFTRA), Mr. Graham has narrated for National Geographic, Voice of America, and PBS.
Thanks to Mr. Graham’s dedication to National Players, the touring company continues to thrive.
HALO WINES (Acting Coach) serves as Associate Artistic Director for
Olney Theatre Center and National Players, as well as co-director with Alan
Wade of OTC's acting workshops. Ms. Wines most recent acting credits
include Daisy Werthan in Driving Miss Daisy, Ruth Steiner in Collected
Stories (a reprise of her 2001 performance at Theatre J, in Washington, DC),
Countess Aurelia in The Madwoman of Chaillot, and Miss Sook in Holiday
Memories. Her directorial credits include OTC's productions of The Miser,
The Rivals, Tartuffe, Summer Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, and the National
Players Tour 54 As You Like It. She has been honored with five Helen
Hayes Award nominations and received the award for Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Resident Play for her performance in Cloud Nine at Arena Stage, where
she spent 25 years as a resident company member.
BILL GILLETT (General Manager, Casting Director, Director of the Olney
Theatre Institute) has been serving as General Manager of National Players
since August 2002. Bill was a co-director of National Players Summer
Shakespeare 2002 and Tour 50. Bill received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in
Dramatic Arts from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and a Master of Arts
degree in Theatre: history, theory, and criticism from the University of
Maryland. Bill is an Alumnus of National Players Tours 49 and 50 where he
played the roles of Whit in Of Mice and Men, Baptista in Taming of the Shrew,
Raganeau in Cyrano De Bergerac, and Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night. Bill
also has been an actor for 7 National Players summer tours.
BARBARA PINOLINI (Booking Agent) has been involved with National
Players for the past 2 decades - first, as a performer on Tours 32 and 37 and
then as Managing Director from 1987 - 1997. She received her MFA from the
Catholic University of America and is now an Adjunct Professor in the
Department of Performing Arts at American University in Washington, DC. In
addition to scheduling National Players and performing, she is the Casting
Director and Make Up Artist for ScriptSmith (a local video production
company) and is a Narrator for books-on-tape at the Library of Congress.
Barbara is an active member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the Screen
Actors' Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio
CASEY CONAN (National Players Apprentice) recently completed two
years in the Civic Theatre Resident Company of Allentown, PA. While at
Civic she performed as young Eva in And Then They Came for Me, Future in
A Christmas Carol 2005, Deb Jabber in Cinderella Confidential and as both
Fuzzy Stone and Lorna in The Cider House Rules. Casey has also performed
with community and dinner theatres in Florida, Maryland and Texas in roles
ranging from a mob boss' daughter to a mythological rock. She holds a
Bachelor of Science in Aviation and Aerospace Communications from
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, where she presided over the Riddle
Players Theatre Company. She likes horses.
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