Shakespeare in the Park Bios 2020
ERIC BOWMAN (Duke Fredrick, Falstaff) is pleased to once again be a part of the NCAC’s Shakespeare in the Park. You may have seen him recently on the stage with the Attic Theatre’s production of Emma, or at the Belfry in A Christmas Carol With a Twist, Wait until Dark, or last year in It’s A Wonderful Life. He has also appeared with The Attic Theatre in To Kill A Mockingbird, The Music Man, and William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. He would like to thank his friends and family for supporting him in his community theatre adventures, and of course Jen, Nikki, and Brian for giving him this opportunity to spread his wings with a new character. He hopes that you and your family are staying safe, and thanks you for making it out to help keep theatre alive!
KRISTEN CARTER (Hermia) in her first production in Indiana! Kristen is not a stranger to this show, having previously played the role with Kearsley Park Players in her hometown of Flint, Michigan in 2016. Kristen was born and raised in Michigan and has done most of her performing there. Some of her favorites include Little Sally in Urinetown (Flint Community Players), Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest (Kearsley Park Players) and Fairy May in The Curious Savage (Flint Community Players in 2017 and Sunset Playhouse in 2019). When Kristen is not performing, she enjoys filling her free time with singing, cross stitching, and adventures with Mike. She is grateful to him for his constant support and encouragement!
KA’LENA CUEVAS (Katherina) is thrilled to be treading the boards with Shakespeare in the Park for the first time. She has been involved in Indianapolis community theatre since 2016 and currently serves on the Main Street Productions/ Westfield Playhouse board of directors. Favorite past performances at the Playhouse include Social Security (Encore Association winner for best ensemble and nomination for best lead actress in a comedy), Going Going Gone, and Picnic. Ka’Lena has also been a producer, stage manager, and has worked properties for various productions at several community theaters in town. Many thanks to Jen Otterman, Joni Corbett, and everyone else involved in orchestrating this production during these uncertain times. “What is past is prologue.” Enjoy the show!
FINLEY EYERS (Conrad, Watchman, Puck) is a 9-year-old Gryffindor, D&D Dungeon Master, and Jedi. His past performances include his roles as Gobby in Perry Haughter and the Magical Musical and Hansel in Zirkus Grimm. In addition to performing, Finley loves playing chess, listening to AJR, reading, and is a Tae Kwon Do black belt. He enjoys chewing on fish oil capsules and drinks his decaf coffee black.
FIONA EYERS (Jacque, Watchman) is a 6-year-old Hufflepuff, garden enthusiast, and nature buff. While Fiona has taken theatre classes at Booth Tarkington, this is her first public performance. Along with theatre, Fiona enjoys leading her family on hiking trails, creek stomping, painting, and snuggling with her dogs (or anyone’s dogs for that matter). She is a Tae Kwon Do green belt and makes a killer, homemade hot cocoa.
LAURA GIVENS (Queen Gertrude) is thrilled to be a part of this year's Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park. She last appeared as Melissa Gardner in Love Letters at the Depot and as Blanche DuBois in Carmel Community Players production of A Streetcar Named Desire. Other local credits include Felicia Dantine in I Hate Hamlet and Meg in Crimes of the Heart, both with CCP, and regional commercials for IU Credit Union and Passport Health. A native of Mt. Vernon, Indiana and a resident of Noblesville, Laura spent several years in Chicago and New York City where she appeared in numerous plays, television and independent film.
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SUSAN HILL (Dogberry) is delighted to portray Dogberry in scenes from Much Ado About Nothing. This is her third Shakespeare in the Park production; she also appeared in A Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth. Her most recent roles, when we were still able to go to the theatre, were Virginia in Westfield Playhouse's production of Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect and Clairee Belcher in Steel Magnolias at Mud Creek Players. She would like to thank The Tribe for their unwavering support and unconditional love. Most of all, much love and thanks to her husband Mike, who runs lines, cooks dinner, and treats her like a queen.
D’ANGELO HIMES (Lysander) graduated from the University of Southern Indiana in 2019. After graduation he attended an internship at The Black Rep Theatre Company in St. Louis, Missouri. His role model to continue pursuing acting and to “stand out above the crowd” is Powerline (from A Goofy Movie). Once life decides to calm the heck down, D’Angelo plans on moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue an acting career and to one day become a Pokémon
DUANE LEATHERMAN (Narrator) Duane has been involved in theater for over 55 years, both acting and directing. Over the years, he has been fortunate enough to play many memorable characters such as Lancelot, Cardinal Richelieu, Sherlock Holmes, Prof. Van Helsing, Mayor Shinn, Isidor Straus, Willy Clark, and two of his favorite characters and American heroes, Benjamin Franklin and FDR. Two of his favorite Shakespearean roles have been Antonio in Twelfth Night, and Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet. He has received numerous Indianapolis Encore Award nominations over the years and has won three. It is great to work with director, Jen Otterman, for the first time! Thanks, Jen!! Also, thanks to Joni Corbett and the Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission for this opportunity. Duane is starting his 38th year of teaching mathematics and computer science at Butler University. Go Dawgs!
MAGGIE LENGERICH (Rosalind) is beyond excited to be working with Shakespeare in the Park for the first time this summer! Maggie is a junior at Marian University where she studies Theatre with minors in History and Gender Studies. Some of her most recent and favorite roles include Katherine Stockmann in An Enemy of the People, Pharaoh in Joseph... Dreamcoat (in the style of Dolly Parton), Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, and Titinius in Julius Caesar. She also represented Marian University as an Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship competitor at the American College Theatre Festival in January. She would like to thank her family, friends, and teachers for supporting her, helping her grow, and most of all, for their patience when it comes to her constant chaos. She feels blessed to be able to still practice the art of theatre and bring it to the community in this time of unknowing, and most of all she hopes you enjoy the show!
NIKKI LYNCH (Assistant Director) is honored to have been able to work with such a talented group of actors and directors with this year's unique production of Shakespeare in the Park. Previously Nikki had directed Fools at The Cat in Carmel and Assistant Directed Mary Poppins at Grace Church. You may have seen her on the stage here at Federal Hill as last year she was cast as a witch in MacBeth and three years ago she played Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Nikki would like to thank Jen and Brian for their creativity in choosing to use Oral Interpretation for this year's production. It just goes to show that with determination, hard work, and innovation the show CAN go on!
BRITTANY MAGEE (Helena) Brittany is excited to make her debut with Shakespeare in the Park. This is her first Shakespearean performance, and she has appeared in several community theatre productions. Brittany would like to thank Jen for this fabulous opportunity and her scene partners for being great to work with — even when we’re 6 feet apart!
AIDAN MORRIS (Hamlet, Prince Hal) is delighted to be making his debut with Noblesville Cultural Arts Commission with Shakespeare in the Park! Some of Aidan’s past credits include Rolf in The Sound of Music (AGAPE Performing Arts), Caliban in The Tempest (Indy Bard Fest), Specs in Newsies (AGAPE Performing Arts), Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Indy Bard Fest), and Frederic in The Pirates of Penzance (AGAPE Performing Arts). Aidan plans to go into college next year for either a theater degree or something in computer editing. Thanks to my family, friends, and Meghan for their love and support! “When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.” -John Ruskin
MORGAN MORTON (Lady Ann) is an Indy area actor and prison arts facilitator and is thankful for the chance to safely explore such a great role. She was last seen in American Lives Theatre’s inaugural show, Gloria, last January. Past credits around Indianapolis have included Lear’s Shadow at Indy Bard Fest, Vinny the Pooh at IndyFringe, Sense and Sensibility and To Kill A Mockingbird at Carmel Civic, and Noblesville Shakespeare in the Park's production of Macbeth. When she is not onstage you can find her in maximum security prisons playing theatre games and rehearsing Shakespeare's works with incarcerated individuals. She would like to dedicate her every line to the Shakespeare men at both Pendleton and New Castle correctional facilities. Let those behind bars not be forgotten.
JENNIE OTTERMAN (Director) has over 50 years of theatrical experience, acting in a multitude of productions and directing over 50 plays at Hamilton Southeastern High School including Crimes of the Heart, The Boys Next Door, All My Sons, Godspell and The Glass Menagerie. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Speech/Theatre and Psychology from Indiana University and a masters in Theatre Performance from Northwestern University. For twenty-nine years she wrote the curriculum for and taught Public Speaking, Advanced Placement Composition, Creative Writing and Acting I, II, III and IV. She was a long-standing member of the I.R.T. Education Advisory and one of the authors for the Department of Education’s state standards for theatre. Since retirement in 2015, Jen has directed A Christmas at Home, Picnic (7 Encore nominations) and Social Security (2 Encore Awards) for Westfield Playhouse and she acted at Mud Creek as Nat in Rabbit Hole and Grandma in Lost in Yonkers at The Red Barn Theatre in Frankfort. Other directorships include Dinner With Friends at The Red Barn, Hide and Seek at Carmel Community Players and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at The Belfry which received 9 Encore Awards, including Best Director. In addition, she is a judge for musicals with the Indianapolis Encore Association. Her past credits as an actress include work with Ball State Theatre, Clarksville Little Theatre, New Albany Players, The Apple Core and the Red Barn Summer Theatre. Her television credits include a Crest Toothpaste commercial and a feature for local cable, in addition to voice over work for The Indiana Historical Society. Some of her favorite acting roles include Lizzie in The Rainmaker, Gypsy in Gypsy, Sally Truman in Lips Together Teeth Apart, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Chris Gorman in Rumors, Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Nat in Rabbit Hole, Jill in Butterflies Are Free and Roxie Hart in Chicago.
GIDEON ROARK (Demetrius) This is Gideon's first time participating in Noblesville's Shakespeare in the Park. He has previously appeared in other theatres including The Belfry Theatre in Noblesville and The Indiana Repertory Theatre in Indianapolis. Gideon’s passion is acting. He is also an avid theatre goer and loves Shakespeare, studying theatre, and spending time with his dogs and guinea pigs.
TOM WEINGARTNER (Petruchio, Gloucester) is very excited to be back with Noblesville's Shakespeare in the Park. A Chicago native, Tom has been living and acting in and around Indy for the past 6 years. Recent credits include Gloria with American Lives Theatre Company, Lear's Shadow with First Folio Productions, and last year's Macbeth here in Noblesville. He'd like to thank everyone for coming out tonight and also his friends and family for their support.
EMILY WORRELL (Celia) is thrilled to be returning to Shakespeare in the Park this summer! She was previously seen as Ariel in The Tempest and in various roles in Shakespeare 400. Emily is a junior acting major at Ball State, where she has appeared in shows such as The House of Bernarda Alba, Reals, The Yellow Wallpaper, and Stunning. Other favorite roles include Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web, Mrs. Vanderkrieft in The Sting and the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet. She would like to thank her family for their patience and support, her friends for tolerating her antics, and Elena for being her rock through everything. Most of all, Emily would like to thank everyone who made this production possible in this unprecedented time for their incredible hard work and dedication. Enjoy the show!