MEET THE CAST AND CREW:
GREG WHITE (Thurgood Marshall) is glad to be back at Ensemble so soon, having just played Meyer Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby, Banquo in Voodoo Macbeth, and Chris Christopherson in Anna Christie, a performance for which he received "Best Actor" from the Cleveland Jewish News and was also mentioned for "Superior Achievement" as well as being ranked as one of the top four actors in Cleveland in 2014 by the Cleveland Critics Circle. Some recent roles include Crooks in TrueNorth's production of Of Mice and Men, and Denson, the emasculated husband of a rising political spouse in CPT's Big Box production of Armature. Other performances include, Rawl Cheeks in No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs, Paul in Karamu's Cut Flowers, and Doug in Dividing The Estate for Ensemble's last season as residents in the former Cleveland Play House. Greg received his training in the Theatre Department of Ohio University, under his mentor George Sherman. He is honored to be playing such a role. Greg dedicates this performance to his father Jerome White who not only resembled Thurgood, but was a great storyteller as well. Thanks, Dad.
The voice of Chief Justice Earl Warren…….KIRK BROWN
The voice of the Clerk of the Supreme Court……..KYLE HUFF
SARAH MAY (Director) is thrilled to be back home at Ensemble Theatre to direct Thurgood starring Greg White. Sarah's past Ensemble shows include the award-winning revival of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, Horton Foote's Dividing the Estate, Paul Robeson featuring Tony Sias, Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First One Hundred Years, and many others. Most recently she had the pleasure of remounting Conor McPherson's St. Nicholas featuring Dana Hart in Ensemble's wonderful second space.
Sarah’s work as a director is well known in the Cleveland area. Some highlights include: 33 Variations, The Pitmen Painters, Race, Wings (starring Dorothy Silver) and The History Boys, all for The Beck Center; as well as the Dobama/Karamu collaboration of Tony Kushner's Caroline or Change; Tuck Everlasting for The Cleveland Play House; Things of Dry Hours for CPT; Six Degrees of Separation for Charenton Theatre; A Solder's Play and Mulebone for Karamu; and Fires in the Mirror and Grapes of Wrath at Dobama. Her production of Life with Father was recently awarded Best Show of the 2013-2014 Season at Weathervane Theatre. Sarah began her career at the Cleveland Play House and Karamu Theatre. She spent 10 years in New York City performing, directing, and developing educational theatre programs for Playwrights Horizons, The Henry Street Settlement, and The Roundabout Theatre. She returned to Cleveland in the 1980’s to serve as Director of Education for Great Lakes Theatre Festival and Artistic Director of Karamu Theatre.
BECCA MOSELEY (Stage Manager) is excited to be back for another season at Ensemble Theatre! Previously, Becca stage managed Ensemble's productions of The Iceman Cometh, Animals Out of Paper, Prelude to a Kiss, The Chairs, and Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, as well as serving as ASM for Knock Me a Kiss. She appeared on the Ensemble stage recently as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, as Effie in Zebediah and Mary Shelly/Elizabeth in last year's production of Frankenstein. Becca has been lucky enough to have been involved in theatre for most of her life, both behind the table and treading the boards. Some of her favorite credits include Rosalind(As You Like It) Cunningham (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot) Dorine (Tartuffe) Edward/Betty (Cloud 9) Company (Twelfth Night, Macbeth) Phoebe (HAIR) and Maggie (A Chorus Line.) She sends a big "thank you" to Celeste and Ian for giving her an opportunity to SM her first one man show with the amazing Greg White. Hugs to her ever supportive and patient family, and as always, love to Kyle for everything.
IAN HINZ (Projections/Light Design) is a graduate of the Ohio University School of Theatre holding a B.A. with an emphasis in playwriting. He has studied under Charles Smith, David McClendon, Robert Winters and Vince Cardinal. Ian’s most recent directing credits for Ensemble include The NeverEnding Story, The Great Gatsby, Anna Christie, The Iceman Cometh, The Colorado Catechism, Waiting for Lefty, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, & Miracle and Wonder. He has designed projections for Wating for Lefty, Lower Ninth, Song for Coretta, The Normal Heart, The Gospel According to James, Animals out of Paper, Prelude To A Kiss, Beyond the Hoizon, and Voodoo Macbeth at Ensemble as well as Pitmen Painters, 33 Variations, Carrie, and Young Frankenstein at Beck Center. He would like to thank his family and friends for their love. He is the newest Artistic Director for Cain Park in Cleveland Heights, as well as Facilities Coordinator and Stage Production Specialist for the Cleveland State University School of Music. For his family.
JACLYN McCONNELL (Costumer) is a theatre artist from Indianapolis,IN. She received her B.A. in theatre from Butler University. Her recent credits include costuming Ensemble's last show The Neverending Story and assistant directing Fire on the Water at Cleveland Public Theatre.
JAMES RANKIN (Technical Director).
TOM FRATTARE (Dramaturg)is a local writer, a proud graduate of Ohio University and a Supreme Court junkie. He has dramaturged numerous productions at many of Cleveland's finest theaters, including this one.