RADIO GOLF CAST & CREW
Theodore M. Snead (Harmond Wilks) is an actor, voice-over artist, and arts manager. He is making his Cleveland debut with Ensemble's Radio Golf. Before moving to Northeast Ohio, he was based in the Mid-Atlantic region where he worked extensively. Theatre credits include: American Scrapbook (Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts); Breath, Boom and Marcus; Or The Secret of Sweet (Studio Theatre); Master Harold...and the boys (Quotidian Theatre Company); The School for Scandal (Folger Theatre); As You Like It (directed by Michael Attenborough) and Richard III (The Shakespeare Theatre Company); The Fall of the House of Usher (Synetic Theater); 4.48 Psychosis (Factory 449); The Tempest (Prince Georges’ Shakespeare Festival); Curse of the Starving Class (Firehouse Theatre Project); and Jesus Hopped The ‘A’ Train (Theatre IV / Theatre Gym). Television and film credits include: The Wire (HBO); Prince Among Slaves (PBS); and DOG (Integral Arts). Theodore holds a BA in Public Relations from Howard University and an MFA in Theatre Management from The University of Alabama/Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has trained as an actor with Vera J. Katz (DC), the Douglas Farwell Acting Studio (NYC), LAByrinth Theater Company (NYC), Al Freeman, Jr (DC), & The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory (DC).
Leilani Barrett (Roosevelt Hicks) (SAG-AFTRA) is an actor, dancer, choreographer and voice over artist for film, television, and commercial was last seen on the Ensemble stage as Tom in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo. A native of Cleveland,Ohio and graduate of Cleveland School of the Arts Leilani continued his education at The Ohio State University before leaving to join the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. in New York City. Local stage credits include the title role in Othello, Edmund the Bastard in King Lear, Henry Bolingbroke in Richard II, Pharaoh Rameses II in Mummies and the Magic Prince. In addition to his stage work, Mr. Barrett’s voice can be heard in commercials for Cincinnati Bell, Subway, McDonalds and First Energy while on camera he can be seen in the studio films Reel Steel with Hugh Jackman, Draft Day with Kevin Costner, Curvature with Glenn Moreshower and most recently Dog Eat Dog with Nicholas Cage. Leilani is proud to have the opportunity to return to Ensemble in this timely and relevant work by the great August Wilson.
Kristi Little (Mame Wilks) (SAG, BFA Acting/Dance, Ithaca College, NY) has appeared on stages, screens, commercials and print in Cleveland, Chicago and NYC. This is her second production with Ensemble Theatre where she last appeared in Huck and Holden. She has been seen in Yellowman, Julius Cesar (Karamu), Twelfth Night and Comedy of Errors (Great Lakes Theater Festival), Juliet, Romeo and Juliet (Beck), Wierd Sister, Macbeth (Horner Theater). Crumbs from the Table of Joy and Jar the Floor (Kitchen Theater). Brainpeople (Convergence Continuum), No Niggers No Jews No Dogs and Forest City (Cleveland Playhouse). She has directed teaching artists and 200 students in Queens, NY and taught at the Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory. She is often the guest choreographer at her alma mater Hathaway Brown.
Darryl Tatum (Sterling Johnson) has appeared in numerous plays at Karamu House, including Don Evans’s One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show; God’s Trombones; Eric Schmiedl’s John Henry (Youth Theatre); Romeo and Juliet: An African Love Story; and August Wilson’s Jitney, at Garden Valley Neighborhood House.
Rodney Freeman (Joseph "Elder" Barlow) majored in drama at the University of Nebraska in Omaha. He performed at the award wining Center Stage, Omaha, Nebraska in A Streetcar Named Desire. He won Best Supporting Actor from the Center Stage and was nominated Best Supporting Actor by the Metropolitan Actors Guild. Rodney performed at the Omaha Community Theatre in Sweet Bird of Youth, in Inherit The Wind, and in The Blood Knote at the University of Nebraska. At Karamu he has appeared in Grey Panthers Coming to the Mercy Seat, in bee-luther hatchee and in Dream On Monkey Mountain. He performed in in various other productions at the Cleveland Play House, Bang and Clatter and Dobama Theatre's. Rodney was in the movie Benjamin which won first prize in The African American Woman's Film Festival in New York.
Terrence Spivey (Director) was Artistic Director of Karamu House for over twelve years. During his artistic administration, Spivey programmed over seventy plus productions and directed over twenty five and winning numerous awards for the historical institution such as Permanent Collection, for colored girls..., Cut Flowers, The Color Purple, Joe Turners's Come and Gone, God's Trombones,The Blacks, and The Wiz just to name a few. During his stay, Karamu collaborated with numerous theatres and festivals throughout Northeast Ohio. He served as Director in Residence for Kent State Pan African Studies during the 2013-2014 season. Spivey has appeared in Black Mask, Back Stage, Ebony, Artist and Influences and American Theatre. He served as board member for Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Cleveland Arts Prize and currently serves on the national AUDELCO. He is a member of Black Theatre Network and an elected member of National Theatre Conference. In 2011, he was given a proclamation by the Mayor and the City of Cleveland for his artistic contributions and under his leadership, Karamu was honored the 2013 AUDELCO Award for Repertory Company of the Year in New York City. As freelance director, he directed one of Plain Dealer's 2016 Top 10 plays, Bootycandy at convergence-continuum,the world premiere of Peter Lawson Jones The Bloodless Jungle at Ensemble Theatre and Kia Corthron's Breathe, Boom at John Carroll University. His next project is a stage reading of August Wilson's autobiographical one man show How I Learned What I Learned at Shore Culture Centre in March and Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon) Neighbors at convergence-continuum in July. He is currently doing a seven week artist-in-residence at Cleveland School of the Arts and has been appointed artistic associate at Shore in Euclid, OH.
Becca Moseley (Resident Stage Manager) is excited to be back for another season at Ensemble Theatre! She has served as the Resident Production Stage Manager/assistant stage manager for many Ensemble shows, including The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, Margin of Error, Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, The Iceman Cometh, Animals out of Paper, Knock Me A Kiss, Beyond the Horizon, Anna Christie, Thurgood, The Chairs, Death of a Salesman, Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, and Ages of the Moon. She co-directed Run, Kingsbury, Run. She was onstage in past seasons at Ensemble as Pea in Jerusalem, 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). Most recently, Becca played Ophelia in Hiram College's alumni inclusive production of Hamlet. She thanks Ian and Celeste for building and nurturing a theatre that provides a constant supply of great scripts and people to bring them to life, her family for their love and support, and Kyle for always believing in the magic.
Walter Boswell (Lighting Design)Walter is no stranger to Ensemble theatre, beginning with The Great God Brown in 1985. He served as a frequent designer up till 2004, designing one of the last shows the Ensemble did at the Cleveland Playhouse Space. His design was seen last season for Jerusalem, in the spring and for Margin of Error this fall. His designs have also been seen at Dobama Theatre, Baldwin Wallace College, and Lorain County Community College. Walter received the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for his Scenic Design of The Adding Machine at LCCC in 1984.
Stephen Vasse-Hansell (Technical Director)
August Scapelli (Assistant Technical Director)
Meg Parish (Costumes)