Cast of Characters
Here is the Cast of Characters you will meet in this Blog
George H. Brown – Director: George H. Brown has worked in the professional and university theatre for over 33 years filling a gamut of positions from Director to Actor to Fight Choreographer. He has directed over 90 productions in theatres across the U.S., Caribbean and Europe including The Adding Machine, Cyrano De Bergerac, and the world premier of Smile Natives, Smile presented at Carifesta on St. Kitts. George is the chair of the Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University and the director of this production of The Tempest.
Steven Snyder – Prospero: Associate Professor Steve Snyder leads the Performance program in the Department of Theatre Arts at Bradley University, where he is serving in his seventh year. He is honored to be playing alongside his students in this exciting Tempest led by George Brown. Steve has worked professionally as an actor, director, and teacher for more than fifteen years. At Bradley, Steve has directed Ragtime, Learned Ladies, SubUrbia, Twelfth Night, Deathtrap, and Pirates of Penzance, among others. Last summer, Steve worked as assistant director of The Tempest at American Players Theatre in Spring Green, WI. In Chicago, Steve has worked as an actor with Drury Lane Oakbrook, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Strawdog Theatre, Apple Tree Theatre, Noble Fool, Writers’ Theatre, and others. Steve earned his MFA in Acting at FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and has trained further with Dell Arte International in Blue Lake, CA, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, and Kari Margolis. Steve is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.
Laura Schirmer – Miranda: Laura Schirmer is a sophomore at Bradley University, double majoring in Theatre Performance and Interactive Media. This will be her third production at Bradley, with previous roles as Henriette in The Learned Ladies and as a member of the New Rochelle chorus in Ragtime. She would like to give a special thank you to her parents and to God for their constant love and support, as well as to everyone who made this trip possible. She is thrilled to be a part of this exciting production, and cannot wait to explore Shakespeare in London!
Morgan Green – Ariel: As a sophomore theatre performance major at Bradley, Morgan is very excited to be a part of the cast of The Tempest. Morgan has performed in The Little Shop of Horrors, America Live, Succession, New Faces, Spring ’11 Directing Scenes, and Ragtime at Bradley. This is her first experience with Shakespeare text and she is very excited to learn something new and exciting! Morgan is on the M.E.T. board, employed by the admissions office, a Bradley Fellow, on the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and a new member of APO. She loves piano, singing, music, and laughing!! She is grateful for support of her amazing family and friends!!! London is going to be a great learning experience that will stay with her forever!
Brian Zinda – Caliban: Brian is excited to part of Bradley’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest! Brian is a senior here at Bradley and has major in Theatre Performance and a minor in Business Management and is currently the President of Alpha Psi Omega theatre fraternity. He has been seen here at Bradley in Ragtime (J.P. Morgan), The Learned Ladies (Clitandre), Suburbia (Buff), Twelfth Night (Curio/Officer 1), Stuart Little(Snowbell), Pinocchio (Ensemble) and also appeared in the MET Theatre in Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot!(Officer Gary) and in 1984 (Syme). Brian also directed his own production of Harvey this summer in his hometown of DeWitt, IA with the local Ol’ Majestic Players community theatre group. Brian would like to thank God,his friends, family, and wonderful girlfriend, Emily, for all of their support and encouragement in his pursuit of acting.
Kyle Peck – Ferdinand: Kyle Peck is extremely excited to be a part of Shakespeare’s The Tempest! Currently a freshman at Bradley University, he is double majoring in Theatre and Interactive Media. In September 2011, he gave his debut performance in Ragtime as the role of Harry Houdini and been a part of last December’s directing scenes of New Faces called Agnes Opera as Duncan Durbin, the engaged narcoleptic fiancée. He thanks his family, friends, this wonderful cast, Steve Snyder, and George Brown for all the encouragement and support in making this epic journey possible. He is grateful to be a part of this production and will cherish the knowledge and experience of Shakespeare in London for the rest of his life.
Erin Kennedy – Alonsa: Erin Kennedy is a Theatre Major at Bradley University with a performance concentration. The Tempest will be her sixth show at Bradley. She also appeared in subUrbia (Sooze) and Ragtime (Evelyn Nesbit). She acts, sings, writes, draws, and sometimes plays a bit of ukulele.
Dakota Kuhlman – Sebastian: Dakota is a senior theatre performance major at Bradley University. He has had the pleasure of performing in a myriad of productions at Bradley including Pirates of Penzance, A Christmas Carol, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, subUrbia, and most recently in the role of Tateh in the musical Ragtime. His final role at Bradley will be Sebastian in William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Dakota is planning on moving to New York to pursue acting and directing in both film and theatre. He would like to thank his friends, family, the wonderful faculty of the Bradley Theatre Department, the director of The Tempest, and his father; without their help and support he wouldn’t be here today.
Rebecca Flores – Antonia: Rebecca is thrilled to be part of this production and travel to London! A senior Theatre Performance major, she has been seen on the Main Stage and in MET productions; previous credits include Ragtime (Ensemble/Bridgit), Stuart Little (Margalo), Succession (Anna Duff), and Rock, Paper, Scissors, Shoot (Julie). She is the vice president of Alpha Psi Omega theatre fraternity, and a Student Admissions Representative for the Bradley’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
John Carroll – John Carroll (Gonzalo) is a sophomore Theatre Performance Major at Bradley University and is tremendously excited to be a part of The Tempest. This is his fifth Bradley show, and his seventh since graduating high school. He was most recently seen in Almost, Maine and Ragtime on the Hartmann Center Stage. This is his first time working with Shakespeare’s text, and he is thankful to George Brown, Steve Snyder, Tyni, and his family and friends for all they do… which is a lot more than he deserves. He is extremely excited to be a part of this entire experience.
Julian Stroop – Trinculo: Julian Joolz Stroop is a senior at Bradley University studying theater performance. He is very excited to embark on this London adventure with such a remarkable cast. Julian has worked at Bradley in a variety of ways including acting, playwrighting, and directing. In The Tempest he will be playing Trinculo. He would like to thank his family, George, Steve, Jodi, Tyni, Morgan, Arianna, Ben and everyone else who helped support this trip and his dreams.
Sarah Tilford – Stephanie: Sarah is honored to be part of such an amazing opportunity at Bradley University and abroad! She is a senior Theatre Performance major, also involved in Bradley’s Barbeque Kitten Improv troupe and head of the Student Theatre Recruiting team. Her past roles include Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Belise in The Learned Ladies, and Babe in The Pajama Game. Sarah would like to thank her friends and family from the bottom of her heart for all their love and support. Cheers!
Tyni Simpson – Stage Manager: Tyni Simpson is a Junior theatre production major at Bradley University. She has been the stage manager for a few other Bradley University productions, however she is extremely thankful for an opportunity like this! Tyni would also like to thank everyone who has helped make this happen! Thank you George for getting this together! Lastly, Tyni would like to give a special thanks to Julian Stroop and Morgan Green. Couldn’t be here without you!!