THE BLOODLESS JUNGLE CAST & CREW
Robert Hunter (Ethan St. John) was born in Cleveland , Ohio. To further pursue his acting career he moved to Los Angeles at the age of 18. While attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Hunter booked roles in commercials, student film projects and plays. In 2012, he became the male recipient of the American Black Film Festival's Star Project award. He is best known for his role in HELL.A. (2014) Love Thyself (2014) and Date Night (2014) in which he also wrote and produced. Locally on stage he was seen at Ensemble as Malcolm in Voodoo Macbeth, as well as recent roles in Dobama's Superior Donuts, Bellville, and Marie Antoinette.
Eva Rodriguez (Sydney St. John) made her debut in Ntozake Shange's Cleveland workshop of Lost in Language and Sound at Karamu House in November of 2015. This production of The Bloodless Jungle is only her second acting opportunity but since childhood, Eva has always enjoyed enthusiastically reading classic Greek and Shakespeare works aloud to her younger sister and friends. Away from the stage, Eva works with The Holden Arboretum as a natural science interpreter and educator.
Greg White (H. Henderson Hill) After an awesome performance of Men Don't Cry at Karamu, Greg White is proud to be a part of this talented cast of actors in Ensemble's The Bloodless Jungle. His last work here at Ensemble was as the Director of Slow Dance on the Killing Ground. Greg's acting nods at Ensemble include Death of A Salesman as Willy Loman, Thurgood Marshall in a one man performance of Thurgood, Meir Wolfsheim in The Great Gatsby and as Chris Christopherson in Eugene O'Neill's Anna Christie. In 2015 Greg was awarded Best Actor by the Cleveland Jewish News, recognized for Superior Achievement by the Cleveland Critics Circle and voted Best Actor in the Cleveland Scene Magazine. Thanks to all who love and support the theater and enjoy the show.
Miranda Scholl (Laura Larkin) is honored to be making her Ensemble debut in The Bloodless Jungle! Recent credits include Tracy in Sans Merci (None Too Fragile), Becky in Slowgirl (Dobama), Frantik/Grasshopper in The Cunning Little Vixen (Cleveland Orchestra), Emma in This Falling Feeling (Alman Theatre), and Hotspur in Henry IV. Pt. I (John Patrick Theatre). Miranda has studied in NYC with Catherine Fitzmaurice and Joey Bates, among other certified teachers, and is an alum of programs such as Dobama Theater's DEAP program, Oberlin College's OSTF Shakespeare Intensive, and Baldwin Wallace University's Summer Music Intensive. She now studies at Baldwin Wallace University where she will graduate in 2017 with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
Dean Courtis (Cyrus Templeton) is very excited to be performing for the first time at Ensemble Theatre! He is also honored to be a part of the stage premiere of The Bloodless Jungle and to be working with Terrence Spivey and the rest of the talented cast! Dean is a company member of the Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron and has performed at Dobama Theatre, Actor's Summit, and Coach House Theatre. Enjoy the show!
Anthony Lanier (Malik Washington) is excited to make his Ensemble Theatre debut! Recent roles include the writer in Men Don't Cry,
The Willie Lynch Trial as Malcolm X, Booster in August Wilson's
Jitney . He recently participated in The Bomb written by Lisa Langford and directed by Jimmy Woody.
"Trust me, or fire me." -Johnny Depp.
LaShawn Little (J.J Jones) has had the passion and gift to act since the age of twelve. He is a graduate of the acclaimed Cleveland School of Performing Arts where he studied theater and creative writing. He was the second recipient of the Alex Haley/Florence Kelley Scholarship at the Cleveland Playhouse. LaShawn continued his education at Wilberforce University where he studied theater and mass media communications. LaShawn has been in several main stage productions including Karamu Theater productions of Cerermonies Of Dark Men, and The Return of Superman. He has also worked on the Dobama Theater productions, Civil War Christmas and Superior Doughnuts. LaShawn has been chosen as a featured extra with the Lilian Pyle casting company for the John Trivolta motion picture film Criminal Activity and Life Time movie With This Ring. LaShawn is also writer and co-producer/owner of I Was Rollin Productions LLC.
Santino Montanez (Tio Villanueva) is proud to be making his debut performance at Ensemble Theatre in The Bloodless Jungle. Santino has been acting in one capacity or another for most of his life. Majoring in Theatre Arts at John Carroll University, Santino has appeared in Little Shop of Horrors, Pippen, and The Musical Comedy Muders of the 1940's. Santino's screen credits include Tiffany Ann Laufer's short film, Honor Society, as well as several episodes of Crime Stoppers. He would like to thank Peter Lawson Jones, and Terrence Spivey, as well as the cast and crew for this wonderful experience. He would like to dedicate his performance to his late cousin James Byrge.
Terrence Spivey (Director) is a native Texan with a B.A. in Theatre at Prairie View A&M University. He continued to hone his craft as an actor and director in New York City for eighteen years. Spivey was artistic director of Karamu House for twelve years. His directed over thirty plays at Karamu which included his adaptation of God's Trombones, The Wiz, Joe Turner's Come and Gone, The Color Purple, Cut Flowers, The Blacks, Thomas Gibbon's trilogy bee-luther-hatchee, Permanent Collection and A House with No Walls, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, and The Little Tommy Parker Celebrated Minstrel Show, Bootycandy at convergence-continuum, No Niggers, No Jews, No Dogs at Kent State Pan African Studies, Bourbon at the Border at Ensemble Theatre, Master Harold and the Boys at Cleveland State University, Fences at Weathervane Playhouse. Spivey is recently directed the world premiere of "Objectively/Reasonable:A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14" at Playwrights Local. His upcoming projects Kia Corthron's teen female gang related "Breathe, Boom" at John Carroll University in November 2016, and he will direct Ensemble’s Radio Golf in February of 2017. 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 is a former board member for Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, Cleveland Arts Prize and currently serves on the national AUDELCO in NYC. Spivey is a member of Black Theatre Network and elected member of National Theatre Conference in 2009.
Peter Lawson Jones (Playwright) is an attorney, business consultant, professional actor and public speaker. Jones, a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actor’s Equity, has appeared in nearly twenty films as well as on network television. Among his many credits are “Alex Cross” and ABC’s “Detroit 1-8-7.” He has appeared in plays at numerous venues throughout Northeast Ohio and in staged readings Off-Broadway at the Cherry Lane and the Ensemble Studio theatres. His drama, “The Family Line,” has been successfully produced at Karamu House, Harvard University and Ohio University and has received staged readings at several other venues. Jones is co-executive producer of “Fatherhood 101,” a documentary on the critical importance of responsible fatherhood. He is a consultant in the areas of government relations, community engagement, event planning, fundraising, market development and fatherhood programming. For nearly nine years Jones served as a member of the Board of Cuyahoga County Commissioners and for three of those years as its president. Jones previously served two and one-half terms in the Ohio House of Representatives and was formerly the Vice Mayor and a Councilman in the City of Shaker Heights, Ohio. A graduate of Harvard College (Magna Cum Laude in Government) and Harvard Law School, Jones has received over fifty awards and honors for his governmental, civic and political work. He has been listed in Who’s Who in American Politics and Among Black Americans and was inducted into the Shaker Heights (High School) Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Jones and his spouse Lisa are the proud parents of three children: Ryan Charles, Leah Danielle and Evan Cooke.