A KIND OF COURAGE CAST & CREW
Natalie Green (Jennifer Parks 30/16yrs) is a graduate of Point Park University’s Conservatory of Performing Arts. Regionally, she has worked with Ensemble Theatre, Dobama Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Pittsburgh Repertory Company, Mamai Theatre Company, Beck Center for the Arts, Cleveland JCC/Tri-C East, EJ Thomas Hall/University of Akron, Lakeland Theatre, Fairmount Center, Cleveland Public Theatre, Fine Arts Association, Carnation City Players, and True North Cultural Arts Center.
Aaron Elersich (Ben Hardy) is an artistic associate and frequent company member at Ensemble Theatre. He last appeared on stage at Ensemble last year in The Great Gatsby (2015). Some Favorite local stage credits include Prelude to a Kiss (2013, Ensemble Theatre), Proof (2012, Lakeland Civic Theater), Self Defense (2013, Convergence-Continuum), Into the Woods (2010, Tri-C West), Company (2011, FPAC), William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead (2011, Cleveland Play House). Aaron has also worked extensively with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and at Lakeland Civic Theater. Aaron lives in his lovely South Euclid home with his beloved wife Carrie, two daughters named London and Cate, Abraham the Dog, Auggie the Cat, Two Onyx Clownfish named Yorick and Feste, and two of his best friends.
Beau Reinker (Carl) is happy to be in his first Ensemble Theatre production! He studied Theatre at Kent State University and has worked an actor and sound designer in the Cleveland-Akron metro. In 2015, the Cleveland Critics' Circle noted Beau for Superior Achievement in Sound Design for his work on convergence-continuum's Tear It Off. Acting credits include: Tear It Off (Tim), The Train Play (Sergei), and Lobster Alice at convergence-continuum; Romeo and Juliet (Benvolio) at the Ohio Shakespeare Festival; and Twelfth Night (Sir Andrew Aguecheek), Three Sisters (Fedotik), and The Caucasian Chalk Circle at Kent State University. Other sound design credits include: Isaac's Eye, The 2016 NEOMFA Playwright Festival (The Split Show), and The 2015 NEOMFA Playwright Festival (Assistant Sound Designer) at convergence-continuum.
Hillary Wheelock (Angelique) is a Latina actress, hailing from Cleveland. While earning her BA at Case Western Reserve University, she studied abroad in London at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the British-American Drama Academy. Post-graduation, she spent a year as a teaching artist for Great Lakes Theatre. Hillary is an alumna of IMPROVment, Case Western Reserve University’s premier short-form improv comedy troupe. She has studied long- and short-form improv with Jet Eveleth (iO Theater – Chicago), Brandon Gardner (Upright Citizen's Brigade – NYC), and Christopher Bohan (Something DaDa – Cleveland) and occasionally performs stand-up comedy in the Cleveland area. She is a six-year company member of the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival and serves as a co-coordinator for CSF's Bard Corps. Local highlights include: The Neverending Story (Atreyu) and Twelfth Night (Viola) at Ensemble Theatre, The Happy Sad (Annie) at convergence-continuum, Three Sisters (Natasha) at Mamai Theatre Company, and Uz, el Pueblo and The Loush Sisters Love Dick'ns at Cleveland Public Theatre.
Stephen Vasse-Hansell (Joe Hardy) 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! He most recently directed Ionesco's The Chairs, Oakley Hall's adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Ages of The Moon for Ensemble.
Kyle Huff (Assistant Director/Stage Manager): is an actor, director and stage manager who recently moved into the area. He is a recent graduate from Hiram College, getting his BA in Dramatic Arts, and is excited to be working with such a talented group of people. His past productions include Ensemble Theatre’s The Iceman Cometh as Moran; Cleveland Shakespeare Festival’s Proteus in Two Gentlemen of Verona and Lucius in Measure for Measure and the last production he directed was Doubt by John Patrick Shanley at Hiram College. Kyle stage managed last seasons The Mercy Seat, and directed this seasons Playground opener, Farragut North.
Rannigan Walsh (Playwright) has been part of the Stage Wright’s Workshop at Ensemble Theatre for four years. Having retired from careers in teaching and corporate sales, she is grateful to Ensemble Theater for providing guidance in playwriting and an opportunity to become immersed in one of her loves: live theater. She graduated from Kent State’s Master in Education program, but it is her Magnificat High School drama teacher that opened a door to the subject of human trafficking. This play is dedicated to her, Sister Rose Marie Kramer, H.M.
Celeste Cosentino (Director): has served in one "role" or the other at Ensemble for most of her life. She has also worked with The Cleveland Play House, Dobama Theatre, Cain Park, Bang and Clatter, The Illusion Factory, Karamu House, Willoughby Fine Arts & Weathervane Playhouse. She is a graduate of the Ohio University School of Theatre and recently returned to Cleveland, from New York City. Some favorite acting roles include Elizabeth in Pride & Prejudice, Katherine in The Secret Rapture, Marela in Anna in the Tropics, Alice in Closer, Desdemona in Othello, Donna in The Colorado Catechism, and Kayleen in Gruesome Playground Injuries. She was raised by Ensemble Theatre and has a special dedication to it's continuation for many years to come. Ensemble directing credits include Huck and Holden, Lower Ninth, The Gospel According to James, Beyond The Horizon, Voodoo MacBeth, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe, and this season's opener, Death of a A Salesman. She dedicates her every step into a theatre space, and in life, to her mom. Thank you to a great cast and crew!