Margot Anderson-Song

Ensemble

is thrilled to be making her WFT@BU debut! Previous credits include Sunday in the Park with George (Huntington, Louise) and Gypsy (Lyric Stage, Baby June). She has also appeared in several student and independent films in the New England area. Margot began acting at age five with playwright/director Jack Neary and has grown to love performing. She is a dancer, singer, pianist, and USGA-ranked gymnast. Margot is grateful to her family, Darlene Sweeney, and the entire cast, crew, and creative team!

Nicky Carbone

Production Stage Manager

a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, works primarily as a stage manager and mentor in Boston and on the South Shore. Favorite credits include Five Times in One Night and Raging Skillet (WHAT); Cabaret (Moonbox); Gypsy (Lyric Stage); 42nd Street, Show Boat, Crazy For You, …Millie, and Carousel (Reagle); In the Heights, Mary Poppins, and A Year with Frog and Toad (WFT); She Loves Me and The Mystery of Irma Vep (MMAS); Eurydice and Our Town (ACT); and August: Osage County (CCT). Mentor credits include: Eris’ Chain, Macbeth, A Raisin in the Sun, The Trial of Madeline Gee, As You Like It, and The Laramie Project (MCC). With love and thanks to C, always.

Yo-EL Cassell

Director

is thrilled to embrace the power of transformation via storytelling as director of this production. His local movement direction/choreography has been seen in Straight White Men (New Rep); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE nomination); The Lily’s Revenge (ART); and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and The Understudy (Lyric Stage). His work has been featured in a concert version of Kiss Me, Kate with Marc Kudisch and Kerry O’Malley at the Boston Hatch Shell and in A Little Night Music, Alcina, and Orpheus in the Underworld for Boston Opera Collaborative. As Resident Choreographer for Commonwealth Shakespeare, he was involved in movement direction and choreography for Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona among others. He has curated for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and directed the Off-Broadway production of Moonlight Interior. Yo-EL is the founder of Ensemble 360, a physical theatre company comprised of male actors. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, he is currently Head of Movement/Assistant Professor for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and on the faculty of Harvard University. Last spring he unveiled an annual new initiative with BU entitled InMotion Theatre (which highlights storytelling through the lens of movement/physical theatre) with a production he conceived and directed, The Journey. Yo-EL dedicates this production to his son, Keaton, who inspires daily with his full embodiment of creating characters and stories through movement.

Olivia Z Cote

Tricia/Ensemble

is a recent graduate of the Boston University School of Theatre (B.F.A., Theatre Arts) and is thrilled to be making her Wheelock Family Theatre  at Boston University debut! An actor and a playwright, Olivia’s original work has been produced by Brunch Theatre and the Boston Center for American Performance (BTM XIX), and her play Final Flight premiered at the Boston University School of Theatre in April 2018. Recent acting credits include A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Apollinaire Theatre Company), Mother Courage and Her Children and The Shape of Things (Boston University). www.oliviazcote.com

Tatiana Isabel Gil

Chelsea/Ensemble

is a queer Latinx artivist with a passion for telling under-told stories. After studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theater in NYC, she moved to Boston to pursue her undergraduate degree at Boston University and graduated with a degree in Theatre Arts. Her most recent project is YO SOY LOLA, whose mission is to raise awareness of the multidimensional Latina experience. Tatiana is the co-artistic director/playwright in this newly formed movement.

Chelsea Kerl

Costume Designer

is happy to be back at Wheelock Family Theatre at BU, after previously designing Gooney Bird Greene and Her True Life Adventures.  She received an MFA in Costume Design from Boston University after graduating from the University of Maryland.  Chelsea is a freelance designer around the Boston area, and she is also the costume shop manager, resident costume designer, and costume design professor at Wellesley College. More of her work can be seen at www.chelseakerl.com.

Alan Kuang

Ensemble

“born for the stage,” is a junior at Boston Latin. He has appeared in numerous professional productions, including Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web (WFT) and The Lion King (Scar, Belgrade Children’s Theatre, Serbia, 2017). Alan has been recognized nationally as a Bboy and is a proud member of the FloorLords Crew. In his spare time he plays guitar and piano, sings, and raps. He is trilingual, fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, and English. Thanks to his mother and family for their unconditional love.

Paula Langton

Mrs. Pidgeon

is thrilled to be working with WFT@BU. She has been acting and teaching in Boston and beyond for several decades. Most recently, she appeared in The Journey with InMotion Theatre at Boston University’s new Booth Theatre directed by Yo-EL Cassell. Last summer she performed (in Italian!) in Pirandello’s La Favola Del Figlio Cambiata with Festa Di Teatro Eco Logico in Stromboli, Italy. Paula teaches at the Kristin Linklater Voice Centre in Orkney, Scotland, and is Head of Acting at BU’s  School of Theatre.

Ava Kathryn Lyons

Ensemble

is grateful to have this wonderful opportunity! She is a focused and creative student, a supportive friend, and a great big sister. Main stage credits include Seussical, Big, The Trumpet of the Swan, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, A Little Princess, Annie, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous children’s productions. Ava loves singing, dancing, guitar, songwriting, soccer, and spending time with her two dogs and rabbit. Big thanks to family, friends, cast, and staff.

Jeff Marcus

Conductor/Composer

is thrilled to return to the Wheelock stage, where he appeared in Stuart Little (and learned to pluck the upright bass). Previous credits include Orlando and Camelot (Lyric Stage), Shakespeare in Love (SpeakEasy Stage), The Aliens (Theatre on Fire), Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Company One), Noises Off (Hackmatack), From the Deep (Boston Public Works/NYCFringe), and The Seagull (Huntington). Jeff is a graduate of Emerson College and has been playing and writing music since he was seven years old. He’d like to thank his family for their support over all of the years.

Steve McGonagle

Scenic Designer

has designed hundreds of sets for area theatre groups as a freelance designer, and built many more. Most recently he designed and built the set for the Vokes Players’ production of Douglas Carter Beane’s The Nance and was Technical Director and scenic artist for Alley Cat’s Plank by John Greiner-Ferris. Steve is now Technical Director at WFT@BU. For four years he consulted on and designed annual exhibits in the gallery at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He enjoys teaching technical theatre and has served as the Technical Director for Beaver Country Day School and Framingham High School. Working in the custom exhibit industry, he traveled the country overseeing installations for clients that included Mattel Toys, McDonald’s, and Apple Computer. He studied scenic design at Boston University.

Jasper Milstein

Ensemble

a 7th grader at the Pierce School in Brookline, is thrilled to return to Wheelock after appearing in Akeelah and the Bee in 2016. Previous credits include Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Pumbaa in The Lion King, and the title role in Annie. Jasper thanks ArtBarn Community Theater and Phil Schroeder for the acting opportunities they have given her, and her family for always supporting her.

Gary Thomas Ng

Mr. Greene/Mr. Prince/Ensemble

is happy to be back at Wheelock. He recently appeared in Allegiance (SpeakEasy), Hold These Truths (Lyric Stage), and Beauty and the Beast (WFT). Other favorite credits include Miss Saigon (Ogunquit Playhouse and Foothills), Children of Eden (NSMT), Sideshow (Lyric Stage), Billy Elliot (WFT), and the Far East tour of Cole Porter’s Aladdin. Up next: 1776 at New Rep. Gary is also a photographer whose works include production photos for Ogunquit Playhouse, Gloucester Stage, and WFT@BU.

Samantha Richert

Mrs. Greene/Mrs. Schinhofen/Ensemble

is an actor, educator, fight director, and adjunct professor at Northeastern University. Recent credits include Rose in Dancing at Lughnasa (Gloucester Stage) and Elemeno Pea (Boston Playwrights’, IRNE nomination). Samantha has also performed with Lyric Stage, New Rep, Gold Dust Orphans, Huntington, Central Square, Actors’ Shakespeare, Greater Boston Stage, and Berkshire Theatre Group. www.samantharichert.com

Hayley Spivey

Gooney Bird Greene

holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, where her studies focused on acting, playwriting, and dramaturgy. Her most recent credits include Fresh Ink’s Don’t Give up the Ship, SpeakEasy Stage’s Men on Boats, TC Squared’s Crossing Flight, Lyric Stage’s Orlando, and Apollinaire’s First Love Is the Revolution. Hayley is delighted to join the WFT@BU family.

Annie Weigand

Lighting Designer

returns to Wheelock after designing The Trumpet of the Swan and  A Taste of Sunrise. Off-Broadway credits include I Was Most Alive With You (Playwrights Horizons); Follies (Astoria Performing Arts Center); and Matt & Ben and Brahman/i (Kitchen). Among her regional credits are Steel Magnolias (Dallas Theatre Center); The Who & The What (Huntington); The Bridges of Madison County and Tribes (SpeakEasy Stage); Fast Company (Lyric Stage); and Colossal, You for Me for You, and Loveperson (Company One). She was assistant lighting designer for First Love (Cherry Lane) and Spring Awakening (Broadway). Annie is an IRNE nominee and winner; a NYIT nominee; a Teaching Artist at Roundabout; a Professor at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC; and Producing Director of New York Deaf Theatre. www.anniewiegand.com