MEET THE CAST & CREW:
Allan Byrne* (Ames) Allan is delighted to be back with Ensemble where his previous roles were Ziggy in Sideman and Teddy in Pinter’s The Homecoming– one of his all time favorite Cleveland productions. He recently played Max in Dobama’s production of Superior Donuts, and performed for two seasons in CPT/Playhouse Square’s The Santaland Diaries as Crumpet. He was one of early members of Charenton Theatre where he appeared in True West, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Caretaker, and Oleanna. Other local productions include, The Exonerated and The Laramie Project for Dobama, Broken Glass and Awake and Sing for the Halle Theatre, and Much Ado About Nothing, Twelfth Night, Henry IV and The Foreigner for Porthouse Theatre. He has performed with The Cleveland Playhouse (resident company for three seasons), Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Stage West(where he did Suzuki training and was Polonius in Hamlet), Yale Repertory Theatre and Pittsburgh Public Theatre. Film work includes General Wolfe in the PBS film The War That Made America. He has been honored with a Community Partnership for Arts and Culture Fellowship for his work as a director with productions of Richard III, The Trojan Women, Twelfth Night, and The Birthday Party. He is a certified Meisner Acting teacher and teaches this method at Cleveland State University where he also teaches Movement, Film, and Directing. Recent CSU directing credits include The Oresteia, The Tempest (four American College Theatre Festival certificates) and Lysistrata.
Allen Branstein (Byron) is thrilled to be working at Ensemble again. He has appeared here in numerous productions, including The Iceman Cometh, Frankenstein, Waiting for Lefty and Burial at Thebes, the last being directed by Lucia Colombi. He has appeared at the Beck Center, Great Lakes, Karamu, Red Hen, Cleveland ShakesFest..and anywhere else that would have him. Favorite roles include Rocky, Bottom, Shylock, Titus, the Creature and Harry in Harry's Christmas. He is the co-founder of the Mike and Al Show (a vaudeville comedy act ), has been in a few films and commercials, and would like to thank Paula because he can. And congrats, Ian and Celeste.
Stephen Vasse-Hansell (Director/Scenic Design/Technical Director) is happy to appear again at Ensemble. Recent Ensemble credits include Larry in Anna Christie, Captain Scott in Beyond The Horizon, Cecil Lewis in Ensemble's award winning The Iceman Cometh, and Agate Keller in Waiting for Lefty, "Lefty" being part of Ensemble's first season in this new location. Stephen has been engaged in the theatrical arts for over 40 years, including residencies in Chicago, Missouri, Indiana and Ohio; participating in more than 200 productions as an actor, director, designer and wrighter. He also has three Jefferson nominations to his credit. All my love to Nancy and Hunter for everything! For Ensemble, he most recently directed Ionesco's The Chairs, and directed Oakley Hall III's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein this past fall.
Becca Moseley (Stage Manager) Becca is excited to be continuing another season with Ensemble Theatre! She has stage managed/assistant stage managed several Ensemble shows, including Death of A Salesman, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, the Iceman Commeth, Animals out of Paper, Knock Me A Kiss, Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Thurgood, and The Chairs. She co-directed Run, Kingsbury, Run. She was onstage last season as the Childlike Empress/company in The Never Ending Story, and as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. Other favorite credits not at Ensemble include Rosalind (As You Like It,) Fabiana Cunningham ( The Last Days of Judas Iscariot,) Dorine (Tartuffe,) and Maggie ( A Chorus Line). She thanks Ian and Celeste for the constant supply of great shows on which to work, her family for their love and support, Sam for being her theatre sister-in-arms, and Kyle for everything.
Steven Barton (Lighting Designer) hails from Vienna, Austria. He is glad to be starting another season here at Ensemble. Recently graduated from Hiram College, he recently designed lights for Twelfth Night & Farragut North in the Playground Theatre and was Co-Lighting Designer for Death of A Salesman. He and has also worked on many shows at Cain Park, most recently this year's Godspell. Many thanks to everyone.