is SO excited to return to WFT, having played George in Stuart Little. National Tour: A Christmas Carol(Young Scrooge). Regional: Cry-Baby (Baldwin) at Tent Theatre, A New Brain (Dr. Berensteiner) at Seacoast Rep, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (Christmas Morgan) at the Jackson Hole Playhouse. BFA Musical Theatre, Emerson College. W: JonathanAcorn.com. IG: @Jonathan.Acorn. Be a light.
Peter S. Adams
is pleased to be returning to Wheelock Family Theatre.. He toured Canada and the United States in the role of Father in the National Tour of Ragtime in 2001 – 2002 directed by Stafford Arima. He received a Boston IRNE Nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Sweeney in Sweeney Todd, The Engineer in Miss Saigon, and as Juan Peron in Evita. Peter has been performing The Ghost of Christmas Present in “A Christmas Carol, at North Shore Music Theatre where he started his professional career in 1989.Other recent roles include, Max in Sunset Boulevard; Brian in the NY staged reading of the new musical Static, featuring Celia Keenan Bolger; Sam Byck in Assassins at New Repertory Theatre; Hector in The History Boys; Captain Hook in Peter Pan and Old Deuteronomy in Cats, at Theatre By The Sea; In addition, he has been working on a new musical with music and lyrics by very talented composer Scott Whitesell.
a 17 year old high school senior at the South Shore Christian Academy in Weymouth, is also a Pre-Professional Musical Theatre and Dance Apprenticeship Student at The Conservatory School for the Performing Arts, in Stoughton. Kennedy was awarded a full performance scholarship to the Berklee 5 week summer program. Kennedy is also your current Miss Teen Massachusetts America, 2019. She is signed with the Andrew Wilson Talent Agency and can be seen in advertisements for Hasbro, Optimum TV and others. In mini-productions she has performed as the Fairy God-Mother, Cinderella; Elphaba, Wicked; P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Show; and The Witch, Into the Woods. Kennedy is making her regional theatre debut in this Wheelock production of Ragtime for their 2018-2019 season. She is excited to have this opportunity to work with such talented professionals. Visit her website at www.songlosophy.com
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.
was last seen as the Piragua Guy in Wheelock Family theatres production of In the Heights. Other credits include Wislon Mizner in Road Show at the Lyric Stage of Boston. Pablo in Sister Act at the The Arkansas Rep, The Walnut Street Theatre and the Riverside Theatre. My Fair Lady (Lyric Stage Boston) City of Angels (Lyric Stage Boston) In the Heights (Speak Easy Stage) The Drowsy Chaperone (Theatre by the Sea) Man of La Mancha (Seacoast Rep) Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour) Originally from Phoenix, AZ. BFA Musical Theatre, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
is excited to return to WFT@BU for Ragtime! Previous appearances include Beauty and The Beast, Charlotte’s Web, Billy Elliot The Musical, Akeelah and the Bee, A Year With Frog and Toad, and The Trumpet of the Swan. Ben is part of the 2018 national tour of A Christmas Story The Musical, and has performed at The Cape Playhouse in South Pacific, North Shore Music Theatre in Peter Pan, Beauty and The Beast and The Music Man (IRNE nomination: Most Promising Young Performer), Marblehead Little Theatre in Mary Poppins, The Lyric Stage Company in Gypsy, and Central Square Theater in A Christmas Carol. Sincere thanks to Nick and WFT@BU for the opportunity to join this wonderful cast and production team!
is excited to be making her Wheelock Family Theater debut! Her roles include Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Soprano (Hydrogen Jukebox), Eton John’s Trainer (The Finch Opera), Helena (A Midsummer Nights Dream), Despina (Cosi fan tutte), First Lady (Die Zauberflöte), Luisa (The Fantasticks). Ms. Deieso holds a Bachelor of Music (Boston University), Master of Music (CCM) and an Artist Diploma (Boston University Opera Institute).
Lindsay Genevieve Fuori
is a scenic designer creating in Boston and New York. She is thrilled to be joining Wheelock Family Theatre for the first time, as she strives to create spaces where communities can come together to witness story. She earned her BFA in Scenic Design from Boston University. Recent design credits include After Burn (NYC Fringe), A Brief History of America (Hangar Theatre), Antigone (BU), andMiss Havisham (MetroWest Opera). lindsayfuori.com
Jon Goldberg has been a musical director at WFT since Cinderella in 1995 – most recently Billy Elliot in 2017. Recent credits include Road Show at the Lyric Stage, and Urinetown and Titanic at Emerson College, where Jon is a member of the Musical Theatre faculty. Jon has received IRNE awards for Lyric productions of A Little Night Music, Man Of La Mancha, Kiss Me, Kate and Grey Gardens. Upcoming –Working at Emerson in April and Pacific Overtures at the Lyric in May.
is 14 years old and in 8th grade at The Rivers School in Weston. After appearing in WFT@BU’ss Beauty and the Beast last year, she is very excited to return in Ragtime! She thanks the directors for giving her the opportunity to work with such a talented cast on such a wonderful show.
Aja M Jackson
is making her Wheelock Family Theatre debut. Recent regional credits include Hear Word! (American Repertory Theatre), The Last Wife (WAM Theatre), and Wit ( Calderwood Pavilion). Other credits include the Midwest tour of What The Wind Taught Me and The Biomorphic Dance Festival in NYC. Previously she worked as a Stage Manager with the Denver Center Theatre Company in Production Management with The Santa Fe Opera. Aja holds an MFA in Lighting Design from Boston University, a BFA in Lighting Design from the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, and a BA in Dance Performance from the Johnny Carson School of Music.
is thrilled to be in her first production at Wheelock. Favorite roles include, Johanna (Sweeney Todd), Eponine (Les Miserables), and Jesus (Jesus Christ Superstar). Thanks to her friends and family for supporting her in all of her theater adventures.
Jian Zoe McKenzie Thompson
Coalhouse Walker III
is a multifaceted four-year-old who is intrigued by science, animals, music and making new friends. She is full of joy and humor in every day life. She is new to the Boston area and enjoys meeting new people and playing with her pet dog. She enjoyed participating in Wheelock Family Theatre for the first time in the summer of 2018 and is enjoying theater quite a bit!
Dwayne P. Mitchell
is a professional actor, singer, and dancer from Los Angeles, California. At 10 years old he began his career in the entertainment industry by becoming the lead background dancer for Spanish recording artist “JADI”. Many of Dwayne’s other appearances can be found in BET’s Reed between the lines, and My parents, my sister & me. Dwayne obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Music; Vocal Performance from Fisk University in May of 2018, and is now studying at Boston Conservatory at Berklee as an MFA student in the Musical Theatre program. Dwayne is honored to make his debut with the Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University, and excited to work with an amazing team.
Booker T. Washington/Ensemble
is a native of Detroit, MI and a proud graduate of Howard University, where she earned a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre and became a member of Sigma Alpha Iota. She also earned an M.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. She returns to WFT having performed as Daniela in In The Heights and Sour Kangaroo in Seussical. Some of her favorite performances include roles in Fannie Lou at Carnegie Hall, the national tour of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (Adventure Theatre), Trav’lin: The 1930s Harlem Musical (Seven Angels Theatre), Show Boat (Reagle Music Theatre and Fiddlehead Theatre), Passing Through (Goodspeed Opera House), Finish Line (Boston Theatre Company) and The Wiz (Lyric Stage Company). She was most recently seen in as Angel Mo’ in Breath and Imagination; a co- production with the Front Porch Arts Collective and Lyric Stage Company. It is her lifelong dream not only to perform and teach theatre to inner-city youth, but also to open up a performing arts school in Nigeria. She thanks the Lord for His many blessings and her family (especially Mom, Dad and Yemisi) and friends for their love and support. Also thank you to Nick and the WTF. Ase!
Ensemble/Little Boy Understudy
is thrilled to make his WFT@BU debut. Favorite credits include Les in Newsies, Party Boy/Fritz u/s in The Nutcracker, Little Ogre/Dwarf in Shrek, Children’s Ensemble in Joseph…Dreamcoat, and Villager in Fiddler on the Roof. Matthew has the privilege of training with the Broadway Artists Alliance in NYC, and with the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, where he has studied dance, voice, acting, and guitar since he was 6. He would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Shane, and his FSPA family for their constant support.
is so happy to be working on Ragtime! A sophomore at Emerson College, she is in the BFA Theatre program with concentrations in Directing and Arts Management. Select credits include Don’t Touch My Fries (Director, Muhlenberg College), Beauty and the Beast (Assistant Director, Wheelock Family Theatre), Ubu Roi (Assistant Director, Muhlenberg College), Nottingham (Choreographer, Island Theatre Workshop), First Date (Associate Producer, MTS at Emerson College). Charlotte is also the Event Coordination chair for the Musical Theatre Society at Emerson College. Charlotte would like to thank the entire cast, crew, and production team.
Ensemble/Little Girl Understudy
is ecstatic to be back on the Wheelock stage where she was last seen in the teen intensive’s Mockingbird (Brianna) and Beauty and the Beast (Youth Ensemble). Other credits include School of Rock, Seussical (Jojo), Annie Jr. (Annie), Billy Elliot (Ballet Girl), Aladdin Jr. (Genie), Peter Pan (Great Big Little Panther), and much more. Many thanks to the entire cast and crew for this amazing opportunity and much love to Mom, Dad, Hannah and Sebastian for the endless support!
is excited to be making his Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston Unviersity debut! Recent roles include Caldwell B. Cladwell in Urinetown at Concord Academy and Javert in Les Mis at MSSA.
Anthony Pires Jr
Coalhouse Walker Jr
is making his Wheelock Family Theatre debut. He most recently appeared as Flick in Violet the Musical (Arlington Friends of the Drama) and Jim/Newt Lee in Parade the Musical (Umbrella Center of the Arts). Other credits include World Premiere of Weaver of Raveloe Musical (OBERON), Big River and Ragtime (Theater at the Mount), and Shrek the Musical (Wellesley Players). He would like to thank the entire cast and creative team for their hard work and making this opportunity possible for him. He would also like to thank his family and friends who constantly support the arts and continuously encourage him to follow his dream in performing arts.
Pier Lamia Porter
is very excited to be returning to the WFT @BU stage. Regional credits include: 1776 (New Repertory Theater), Beauty and the Beast (Wheelock Family Theater), The Wiz (Lyric Stage Company), and Music Man (RMT).Opera credits: Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Micaela in Carmen, Musetta in La Boheme. She was a featured soloist in the concert premiere of the musical Brother Nat at the Emerson Paramount Theater, holds a B.M. in Opera Performance from the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, and is a proud member of the AEA. Instagram: @pierlamiaporter
is a dance educator, choreographer and scholar. For over 35 years, Currently, Nailah is the chair of the dance program at THE Cambridge School Of Weston. Through the Harvard Dance Center Nailah teaches ongoing open modern contemporary classes and body conditioning classes throughout the year.
Nailah has taught modern and contemporary classes throughout the United States at conventions and universities, including, Cal State Northridge, UCLA, and Goddard College in Vermont. She has performed and lectured in Brazil, Ghana, Haiti, The Czech Republic and Senegal. For over 15 years she was an assistant professor of dance at Dean College in Franklin MA, and the Gold’s School in Brockton MA. In 2012 and 2013 she served as artist-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo and Salve University in Rhode Island where she choreographed original works for their dance companies.
As a performer she has worked with film director and poet S. Pearl, and performed as a member of Karen McDonald’s New Age Dance Workshop and Jamie Nichols Fast Feet, Inc. both based in Los Angeles. In 1998 Nailah presented her masterwork, Dancing Beloved, which was part of the Gendered Resistance conference, in Oxford, Ohio, at Miami University, where her 7-member ensemble retold Toni Morrison’s novel through movement. Nailah is also a contributing author to the affiliated book Gendered Resistance, published in 2013. She was also a member of The Skeleton Architecture: The future of our Worlds 2017 project, performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Last spring Nailah was commissioned to set an original work on Boston Base dance company, Urbanity. Nailah continues to share her vision and hope for a more equitable world through her company, RootsUprising. Her latest work, Zeporah, Woman’s Work, was performed in 2017 at Harvard University- Architecture school’s Black In Design conference-Designing Resistance, Building Coalitions. Nailah is thrilled to join the production of Ragtime.
Brad Foster Reinking
returns to WFT@BU after starring as Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast, and appearing in the companies of Billy Elliotand Shrek. Most recent credits include Topper in A Christmas Carol (The Hanover Theatre), Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone (Priscilla Beach Theatre), and Lumiere in Beauty & the Beast (Cape Cod Theatre Company). He has also enjoyed working with Feinstein’s/54 Below, Commonwealth Shakespeare, Lyric Stage Company, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Ocean State Theatre, Millbrook Playhouse, Moonbox Productions, Reagle Music Theatre and many others. Brad holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. He lives in Boston with his fiancé, Andrew, and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Belle. As always, this one is for Grandpa.bradreinking.com
Coalhouse Walker III
has been singing, dancing and acting his way around the house since he was a toddler. At the age of four he was introduced to the stage and stage concepts through the WFT@BU summer camp. He re-upped on a second theater class this fall and now is thrilled to be cast in his first role. Christopher is grateful to have a large and supportive group of family, chosen family and friends cheering him on in this new experience.
was last seen at Wheelock as Maurice in Beauty and the Beast. He was in the national tour of GROUCHO playing Chico Marx opposite Gabe Kaplan as Groucho. Elsewhere in the Boston area he has worked at The Huntington Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, North Shore Music Theatre, Merrimack Repertory Theatre, The Lyric Stage Company, Speakeasy Stage, Greater Boston Stage Company, New Repertory Theatre, Boston Playwrights Theatre, Worcester Foothills Theatre, Overture Production and was in the cast of Boston’s longest running show “Shear Madness”. Later this season he will be performing inMillion Dollar Quartet at the Great Boston Stage Company. He has been seen in many commercials and independent films. He is a 2000 Fellow of the Eugene O’Neill Cabaret Symposium and has performed numerous cabarets in New York and Boston. He is a proud member of Actor’s Equity.
Nicole Paloma Sarro
is a senior studying musical theatre at The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. In his time there he has been a part of several productions, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Lawrence), Urinetown (Old Man Strong/Ensemble/Cladwell Understudy), Red Noses (Rochfort), and Bernstein’s Mass (Ensemble). He has also performed professionally in the New England area at Priscilla Beach Theatre (West Side Story, The Producers) as well as at Reagle Music Theater (Anything Goes, Music Man). Tom would like to thank everyone who has supported him throughout the years, especially his parents, teachers, friends, and the people who continue to support theatre.
Wheelock Family Theatre debut Broadway/National Tours/NY Theatre: The Civil War, Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk, Hair, Purlie, Can-Can, Timmy the Great, Linda Eder: The Christmas Concert, NY International Fringe Festival Film: Sweet & Lowdown, Small Time Crooks, Curse of the Jade Scorpion Boston Theatre: New Repertory Theatre: 1776, SpeakEasy Stage: Shakespeare in Love, Violet, The Color Purple, In The Heights (IRNE Nomination), Lyric Stage Company: The Wiz, Outside the Box Festival: The Hairy Scary, Emerson Paramount Center: Brother Nat Regional: North Shore Music Theatre, Connecticut Repertory, Papermill Playhouse, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Weston Playhouse, Forestburgh Playhouse, Studio Arena Theatre, Artpark, MusicalFare, Struthers Library Theatre Other: Boston Pops Gospel Choir Featured Soloist, Carnegie Hall, Indianapolis Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Sharing A New Song, NEC Millennium Choir
Jenna Lea Scott
is grateful to be back at WFT @ BU. Credits: It’s A Wonderful Life (GBTC); 2018 Moss Hart Award winning, A Piece Of My Heart (Wellesley Rep.); Elliot Norton Award winning for Outstanding Musical Production and Outstanding Ensemble, both for Hairspray (Wheelock Family Theatre) and Avenue Q (Lyric Stage Co.); Beauty & The Beast (WFT); Dogfight (SpeakEasy Stage Co.) Jenna dedicates her performance to immigrants just like her and BAE, Joshua. She will be seen next in Wellesley Rep’s production of This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing.“How far you go in life depends on you being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these.” – George Washington Carver
is thrilled to bring Ragtime to life with WFT@BU. He last appeared with WFT@BU as Jack (Into the Woods),Wickersham (Seussical), Tall Boy / Posh Boy / u/s Michael (Billy Elliot), and a Baby Bird (A Year With Frog and Toad). Some of Maxwell’s other performances include Stanley (Flat Stanley), Ben / Lisa (Disaster!), Dauntless (Once Upon A Mattress), Augustus Gloop (Willy Wonka), James (James and the Giant Peach), P.T. Barnum (Barnum), and Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof). Maxwell is a freshman at Milton Academy and enjoys baking when he’s not on stage. He is so grateful for his family, friends, teachers, cast mates, and the production team for being supportive and guiding him on and off stage. He would like to especially acknowledge his Grandfather, Dr. Arnold Gold, for teaching him the power of following his dreams every day
is very pleased to make her Wheelock Family Theatre debut. She is an IRNE award winner and a sixth grader at Doherty Middle School in Andover. This is her fifth professional show. Previously she appeared at The Hanover Theatre playing the role of Spirit of Christmas Past in the show A Christmas Carol, at SpeakEasy Stage Company playing the role of Small Alison in Fun Home, at Gloucester Stage playing the role of Little Lucie in Madame Defarge and at Greater Boston Stage playing the role of Estelle in Gabriel. She has also appeared in many shows with Greater Boston Stage’s Young Company. She would like to thank Mom and Dad, Dossy Peabody and Jennifer Sgroe.
Coalhouse Walker III
Daniel Forest Sullivan
Admiral Peary/Henry Ford/Ensemble
is a Boston-based performer, director, choreographer and costumer, holding a BFA in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. Currently, Dan is the Artistic Director of The Weston Friendly Society and Technical Director for ArtBarn Community Theater. Next up, Dan will be Directing/Choreographing Sweet Charity in Weston. Performance Credits; National/International Tour: Annie, Regional: Room 16 (Goodspeed), Seussical (WFT@BU), On The Town (Lyric), Barnum, Cabaret (Moonbox) The Music Man, Fiddler on the Roof, A Chorus Line (Reagle). Thanks to MMDJBN!
is thrilled to be designing Ragtime here at Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston Unviersity. Zoe had been working in the New York City TV and fashion industry for 10 years before spending a year in Clarksdale, MS as a river guide on the Mississippi River. She returned to theater and Boston in 2016 to begin work at WFT@BU. Favorite experiences include TLC’s What Not To Wear, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and In the Heights at WFT@BU and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer. Since 2014, Zoe has been teaching costume design and fashion at various summer camps around Boston, as well as throughout the school year at Cambridge School of Weston. Thank you to the incredibly talented team and crew here at WFT@BU, Nick Vargas for making life easier and leading the charge. Gratitude and love to her family and community of artists and friends.
is a director, educator, casting director, and arts administrator and has been Wheelock Family Theatre’s Associate Artistic & Education Director since November 2016. Nick is a proud alum of Emerson College where he studied theatre education and directing. WFT directing credits include Stuart Little, Seussical (Boston Children’s Museum), A Year With Frog & Toad (Boston Children’s Museum) and this season’s production of Ragtime. Other WFT credits include Honk!, Annie (Asst. Director); The Secret Garden, Aladdin’s Luck (Production Asst.). Before returning to Boston, Nick was the Casting Director and Artistic Associate at Imagination Stage, the mid-Atlantic’s leading theatre for children and families. In his time there he directed productions in the My first Imagination Stage Program (for children ages 1-5); the education department; and the Pegasus Ensemble, a two-year theatre training program for teens with cognitive and developmental disabilities. Nick was also a founding member and Artistic Director of Field Trip Theatre, a Washington, D.C. based theatre company dedicated to providing local playwrights with readings and full productions of their plays.
previous WFT@BU credits include “Mary Poppins” in Mary Poppins, “Mrs. Little” in Stuart Little, and “Glinda” in The Wizard of Oz. Boston area credits include Lyric Stage, North Shore Music Theatre, Theatre by the Sea and New Rep. Other credits include 7.5 years on Broadway (Miss Saigon and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.), 4 national tours, Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, regional theatre (including Paper Mill Playhouse, The MUNY, PCLO, and Sacramento Music Circus) and TV/film (including 23 episodes as “Rachel” on All My Children, Body of Proof, The Martha Stewart Show, World Trade Center). Brookline mom to twins. BA from UCLA. Thanks to Mom, Kevin, family and friends.
is delighted to make his Wheelock Family Theatre debut in Ragtime. Favorite credits include: The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane as Edward, James and the Giant Peach as Grasshopper (Brimmer and May School); Grease as Sonny/Teen Angel, Legally Blonde as Emmett, and Into the Woods as Jack (Boston Children’s Theatre). Edan would like to thank the cast and creative team for making this amazing experience possible, as well as his family for their endless support.