CHOICES CAST & CREW
Mary Ann Elder (Irene Fox) first collaborated with Ensemble Theatre on The Price, by Arthur Miller, working alongside Dorothy and Reuben Silver in a highly acclaimed production. She has since performed at Beck Center, Dobama, Actor's Summit, Cain Park, Cleveland Public Theater, and the Cleveland Play House, among others. Maryann is also a writer and director, and is currently working with local high school students, hoping to inspire a new generation of dramatic artists.
Andrew Keller (Elliot) is very excited to be returning to Ensemble Theatre having recently played Ben in Farragut North and Peter in The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. Other recent credits include in Reverend Moore in Footloose at The Huron Playhouse, and the Narrator in Into the Woods at the Village Players in his native Toledo. He is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University, where he studied acting and directing. Credits there include: George in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Gordon Lowther in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and Freddie in Noises Off. Thanks to Celeste and Scott for this great opportunity!
Brian Ritchey (Bill): Bryan is a local performer/stage manager/sound designer. This is his first time performing at Ensemble Theatre. Bryan has performed at Talespinner Children's Theatre (Loki and Lucy, Adventures in Slumberland), Cleveland Public Theatre (Big Box), Cleveland Shakespeare Festival (As You Like It, King Henry VIII, Titus Andronicus), and Theater Ninjas (Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery, Who We Used To Be) Bryan also teaches classes as a part of Talespinner's Educational Outreach program. In Summer 2016, Bryan will be the Drama Director at Camp Kennybrook in Monticello, NY. He will also helped to create a new play for NACL Theatre about refugees and war called Courage.
Faith Whitacre (Shabeehah) recently Faith played The Woman (Ms. Francis) in Death of a Salesman here at Ensemble. She's pleased to be returning to Ensemble and working with this cast and crew on Choices. Other roles in Cleveland have included Portia in The Merchant of Venice (CSF), Isabella in Measure for Measure (CSF), and as an Actor Educator with Cleveland Play House for their Classroom Matinee Touring Program playing as Margie in Margie and Mike, and Karen/Ethan/Tracy in Kicked. Faith has honed her theatre skills through studies at Belhaven University, (Jackson, MS), Masterworks Festival (Winona Lake, IN), YWAM (Smithtown, NY), and the Stella Adler Studio of Acting (NYC). Past favorite roles have included Roxane in Cyrano (Masterworks), Laura in The Glass Menagerie (Full Circle) Garland/Grammy in Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (New Stage Theatre), Natalia Stepanovna (Enclave Theatre Company), Grandma Tzietle in Fiddler on the Roof (Belhaven College). Faith works as a barista and shift supervisor at Starbucks. She enjoys exploring how storytelling intersects with her faith . She is grateful for her beautiful community in CLE, they’re what makes this city so great.
Eva Nel Brettrager (Stage Manager/Props) is delighted to be working once again at Ensemble Theatre. She has done previous work here for Farragut North, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, and Golden Leaf Ragtime Blues. Later this season she will be stage managing Jerusalem. Outside of Ensemble she has been seen at Tri-C West, TrueNorth, CVLT, Beck Center, and has upcoming work with Mamai and Cassidy Theatre. She is a Resident Technician at the Breen Center for the Performing Arts. Outside of work she is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree at The University of Phoenix. LLAP.
Cindy Dettelbach (Playwright). When she retired as the longtime editor of The Cleveland Jewish News, Cynthia Dettelbach pursued a longtime dream: trying her hand at playwriting. “Choices,” which had its beginnings at the Stagewrights playwriting workshop at Ensemble, is the third play she has had produced at the Columbi New Plays Festival. She is grateful for all the help and encouragement she has received from fellow playwrights as well as directors, actors and the Ensemble family.
Scott Miller (Director) is the Director of the Cleveland School of the Arts Theater Arts Program. Prior to coming to Cleveland he served as the Artistic Director of The Children’s Theater of Charlotte was also Founding Artistic Director of The Orange Summer Shakespeare Festival. Recently Scott directed The Merchant of Venice for Cleveland Shakespeare, Made in America, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, The Seafarer, and Sons of the Prophet for Dobama Theater, and Bunnicula for The Cleveland Play House. Other favorite directing duties include Twilight, Hamlet, The Diary of Anne Frank, Romeo and Juliet, Frankenstein, Macbeth, The Miracle Worker, Steal Away Home, Cinderellas of the World, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Antigone, and The Colored Museum. Scott has acted Off Broadway, in regional theaters, and locally in The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia, I Have Before Me a Remarkable Document Given to Me by a Young Lady From Rwanda and God of Carnage for Dobama Theater, Tally’s Folly and Burial at Thebes for Ensemble Theater, and Cleveland Heights for the JCC Arts Center.